A remake of much loved, critically revered and sadly profit averse 1987 romantic-adventure-comedy The Princess Bride is on the way, but with a very lockdown vibe. Jason Reitman has assembled a group of A-list Hollywood actors including Diego Luna, Hugh Jackman, Tiffany Hadish, Jennifer Garner, Josh Gad and even the original director Rob Reiner to make a DIY adaptation during quarantine on their phones and whatever props they have at hand (and filmed perhaps controversially seemingly entirely in portrait mode).
Reitman came up with the idea in aid of the World Central Kitchen charity, and phoned around until he’d managed to both secure his cast as well as get the backing of Quibi who have donated $1 million to the charity and will be releasing the film chapter-by-chapter on their platform.
Reitman told Variety, “I just thought, Can we remake an entire movie at home? And I had seen that a fan-made Star Wars had been done. I just started reaching out to actors I knew, saying, ‘Is this something you’d want to do?’ And the response was kind of immediate and fast. It was like, ‘Oh—that sounds like fun.’” Fan film adaptations are not uncommon (especially in the age of the internet) with a host of films having been Sweded, but to have one packed with so much talent and for a great cause is very exciting news indeed.