I’m not sure if there’s any movie that’s quite as nostalgic and comforting for children of the late ’80s and ’90s as The Princess Bride. It’s hilarious, romantic, adventurous, and just a whole lot of fun. It’s one of those movies that I always hoped they would leave alone and let live in eternal glory, but now that Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner are doing their own remake, I’m kinda rethinking that stance.
And now, for your viewing pleasure: the fan film version of Westley and Buttercup vs. their own ROUS.
— Quibi (@Quibi) June 27, 2020
It’s not quite the Princess Bride remake you’re probably imagining. We won’t be traveling to the land of Florin or cowering at the Fire Swamp or the Cliffs of Insanity. Instead, Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner will be filming the new version… on their phones. Sure, why not?
So how will it work? Obviously, with social distancing measures in place, standard movie-making is kind of at a standstill at the moment, so actors and filmmakers are having to get creative. Jonas and Turner will use mobile video in collaboration with Quibi to create short chapters that will air in installments.
There are plenty of other celebs involved too. I’m talking big names! Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, Common and Tiffany Haddish, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, and Chris Pine and Annabelle Wallis will all take part. There will also be appearances from the likes of Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Garner, Elijah Wood, Jon Hamm, Beanie Feldstein, Lucas Hedges, Jenna Ortega, Jack Black, David Oyelowo, Keegan-Michael Key, Patton Oswalt, Josh Gad, Andy Serkis, Diego Luna, Taika Waititi and Zazie Beetz, according to Unilad. Whew!
Juno director Jason Reitman came up with the idea to raise money for World Central Kitchen (WCK). The organization helps restaurants that are closed during the pandemic to stay afloat and hopefully reopen when it’s safe to do so. Quibi gave $1 million to the cause, which sparked the idea. “The week that the stay-at-home order came through in California, I just woke up one of the first mornings, I think like most people did, feeling as though, All right, I need to be able to do something of value,” Reitman told Vanity Fair. “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.'” It definitely does!
You can partake in the magic from June 29. Quibi will be releasing a chapter a day from then for a period of two weeks. Oddly enough, I’m really looking forward to it!
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