A New Book and Play About The Princess Bride? As You Wish!Dresden Shumaker
Farm Boy, fetch me some great news…
If you are like me, The Princess Bride was a huge part of your childhood. I have seen the film an infinite number of times and delight in quoting dialogue from it as often as I am allowed. When I heard the news that
The Dread Pirate Roberts Cary Elwes was at work on a memoir of his experience making The Princess Bride, I cheered.
The book will be titled, As You Wish: Tales from the Princess Bride, and according to a release in the LA Times from the actor, now author, he shares: “It was a joy to work on such a magical film with an amazing cast of talented actors and friends. It will be great fun to revisit The Princess Bride and to share my fond memories of the unforgettable experience we all had.”
Cary got the idea to write the book last year while celebrating with the cast during the 25th anniversary screening of the film. The book will feature interviews with the cast of the film as well as Cary’s story of his involvement as the farm boy who stole our hearts.
I can not wait to read about what it was like to film such a magical movie. Hearing that the cast had such a lovely time reconnecting makes me anticipate wonderful stories of antics and pranks. We can look for the book later in 2014.
Soon you can also find The Princess Bride on stage. Disney Theatrical Productions announced earlier this month that they are developing a theatrical production of the film. Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical, is excited. “The Princess Bride has proven to be an enduring delight and a beloved favorite to multiple generations. What William Goldman created is first and foremost a celebration of storytelling; what better place to spin that tale than on the stage?”
YES! I can imagine amazing swashbuckling scenes. How does William Goldman, the author of The Princess Bride, feel about the news of a new play and Cary’s book? He told Broadway.com, “I am thrilled that the next chapter in the life of The Princess Bride will unfold on the stage.” The Hollywood Reporter reports that the author and screenwriter will be a part of Cary’s book with director Rob Reiner writing the forward.
Is it possible 2014 could get any cooler?
Image Credit: Rollo Tomasi
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