William Goldman’s 1973 book, “The Princess Bride” was a brilliant story, but it wasn’t an easy movie to make. Directors like Robert Redford, Norman Jewison, and Francois Truffaut (!) tried and failed before Rob Reiner took on the challenge 14 years later and made an instant film classic. So, in a town that makes sequels to pretty much everything, why hasn’t there been a big screen followup to “The Princess Bride“? It’s not because cast members Andre The Giant, Peter Falk, and Peter Cook are dead, and it’s not because no one’s interested. The reason is that Goldman can’t figure out what the story should be and what the characters would do, as he explained last night when he and the cast and Reiner reunited for a 25th anniversary screening of the movie:
I’m desperate to make it and write it and I don’t know how. I would love to make it, more than anything else I’ve not written.
There are more behind-the-scenes stories from the screening here. Now, all together, let’s repeat the best 13 words Mandy Patinkin ever spoke: