Cult romantic comedy to get theatrical treatment…

Disney Theatrical Productions has announced that it is developing a stage adaptation of William Goldman’s beloved 1973 fairy tale novel ‘The Princess Bride’ with plans to develop the project with the two-time Academy Award winning author.

Goldman’s novel was famously adapted for the big screen in 1987, and quickly established itself a romantic comedy classic. The new theatrical work will be based on both his acclaimed novel and his screenplay, which garnered a nomination for the Writers Guild of America Award and a ranking on that organization’s list of 101 Best Films of All Times.

The new deal, shepherded by Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn, who was closely involved with the film during his tenure at Castle Rock, allows Disney Theatrical Productions to begin the title’s development process for the stage. The creative team and development timetable for the project have yet to be determined.

“My involvement in ‘The Princess Bride’ goes back to 1987 and it has always been close to my heart,” said Horn in a press release. “For all those years and a few more, I’ve been friends with the brilliant Bill Goldman, and to now have a stage production of this film in development at Disney is honestly a dream come true. It couldn’t be in better hands than those of the experienced Disney Theatrical team led by Tom Schumacher.”

“The Princess Bride has proven to be an enduring delight and a beloved favourite to multiple generations,” said Schumacher, President and Producer Disney Theatrical Productions. “What William Goldman created is first and foremost a celebration of storytelling; what better place to spin that tale than on the stage?”

“I am thrilled that the next chapter in the life of The Princess Bride will unfold on the stage. With Alan Horn, Thomas Schumacher and his team at Disney Theatrical Productions leading the way, Buttercup, Westley and all of Florin are in the best of hands,” said Goldman.

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