The buzziest movie to come out of Hollywood during the quarantine looks a whole lot like something you could make with your kids at home… minus all the celebrities, that is.
Jason Reitman, the director of Juno, Up in the Air, and the upcoming Ghostbusters sequel, corralled a whole lot of bored and imaginative A-list actors for a DIY remake of the beloved 1987 fantasy-comedy The Princess Bride. The project, which launched Monday on the streaming service Quibi (remember Quibi?), is being distributed in short daily chapters every day for the next two weeks.
Reitman’s version of The Princess Bride is a quirky, low-fi remix that recasts its characters with every chapter; Common and Tiffany Hadish play Westley and Princess Buttercup at one point, while Sam Rockwell and Leslie Bibb, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, and Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas (she’s Westley, he’s Buttercup) later take over the parts.
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Yes… we did the entire movie at home. Our fan film of Princess Bride comes out in daily chapters for the next two weeks with all kinds of surprises! Thank you @quibi for donating a million dollars to @wckitchen to feed people during Covid! Thank you to our inconceivable cast and their kids for filming and their pets for not filing grievances.
Reitman was inspired to make the short at the beginning of lockdown, when he had to put his Ghostbusters movie on pause. He pitched the idea to Rob Reiner, the director of the original film adaptation of William Goldman’s novel, and the filmmaker gave him the thumbs up.
“I just thought, Can we remake an entire movie at home? And I had seen that a fan-made Star Wars had been done,” Reitman told Vanity Fair, which revealed the project last week. 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.’”
Imagination is at the core of The Princess Bride, and fittingly, this version required a fair amount of imagination from the actors, who were asked to use just the household items and props they had scattered around at their homes as they shot their scenes. It kept the budget down to a minimum and ensured that the $1 million that Quibi paid to distribute the project goes entirely to the World Central Kitchen, a charity that is helping feed the homeless by paying restaurants to make them meals.
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Enjoy our inconceivable swashbuckling fan film of Princess Bride and thank you to @quibi for donating a million dollars to @WCKitchen to feed people during the Covid crisis. Dozens of Buttercups, Westleys, Humperdincks, and Inigos. Just a little something to make you smile!
The new Princess Bride also stars Jennifer Garner, Keegan Michael Key, Patton Oswalt, Hugh Jackman, Beanie Feldstein, and many, many yet-to-be-revealed stars.