VIDEO: Rob Reiner Talks Prospect of 'The Princess Bride: The Musical' on LATE LATE SHOW
On last night's LATE LATE SHOW, James Corden asked guest Rob Reiner about the prospect of "The Princess Bride" as a new musical. "I think it lends itself [to a musical] says the director. "Think of the songs, 'As You Wish', Inconceivable'." Later however, James was disappointed to learn that his dream role in the show would not be available to him! Watch the appearance below!
The romantic comedy fantasy adventure film was directed and co-produced by Reiner and was based on the 1973 novel of the same name by William Goldman. In the movie, the story unfolds as a book being read by a grandfather (Peter Falk) to his sick grandson, played by Fred Savage. Cary Elwes and Robin Wright also starred as the romantic leads, as did the late André the Giant, Mandy Patinkin and Billy Crystal.
This film comes in at number 88 on The American Film Institute's (AFI) "AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions" list of the 100 greatest film love stories. Since its cinema debut, The Princess Bride has developed into somewhat of a cult film.
Plans to bring the movie to the stage have been in development since the early 2000's. In 2014 it was reported that Reiner had approached composer Randy Newman and musician John Mayer about writing the score for the show, but both had declined. In 2006, Tony award-winning composer Adam Guettel and author William Goldman announced their own plans to turn the film into a musical, however the project never came to fruition due to reported contract disputes.More recently, in November 2013, Disney announced plans to partner with Goldman on the musical adaptation, and even launched a website to provide eager fans with updates. As of now, no updates have been posted on the site.
At the time, Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios who lent his expertise on the orignal film, shared, "To now have a stage production of this film in development at Disney is honestly a dream come true," adding, "My involvement in The Princess Bride goes back to 1987 and it has always been close to my heart."