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Il romanzo The Princess Bride (ovvero La Principessa Sposa) noto anche con il titolo La Storia Fantastica (e il famoso film del 1987 con protagonista la bellissima Robin Wright nel ruolo della Principessa Bottondoro) diventano un musical per la Disney.
Il progetto è da anni che è in lavorazione.

Riportiamo una serie di articoli del 2013:

Dal Los Angeles Times:

‘Princess Bride’ to be turned into a Disney stage production

They’re going to have to find a lot of words that rhyme with “inconceivable.”

“The Princess Bride” -- the much-beloved 1987 movie directed by Rob Reiner -- will be turned into a major stage production from Disney, the company announced Monday. No dates or cities have been announced for the planned theatrical piece, which appears to be in the early stages of development.

Disney didn’t say if the production will be a musical or a play, describing the project as a “new theatrical work.”

Alan Horn, who is chairman of the Walt Disney Studios, has helped to spearhead the project, having worked on the movie during his time at Castle Rock Entertainment. “To now have a stage production of this film in development at Disney is honestly a dream come true,” Horn said in a statement.

Disney Theatrical Productions will produce the new show, which will be based on William Goldman’s screenplay as well as the original book by Goldman that was published in 1973.

“The Princess Bride” was distributed domestically by 20th Century Fox. The movie starred Robin Wright and Cary Elwes as lovers whose bond is tested by a fantastical series of adventures. The plot is narrated as a story told by an elderly man (played in the movie by Peter Falk) to his grandson.

The movie’s ensemble cast included Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Mandy Patinkin and Andre the Giant.

Disney Theatrical has had a number of box-office hits, including the long-running “The Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast.” But it has also stumbled with adaptations of “Tarzan” and “The Little Mermaid.”

The company is currently working on a stage adaptation of the 1992 animated movie “Aladdin” that is expected to open on Broadway in the spring.

Dal sito The Hollywood Reporter:

Disney Teams With William Goldman on Stage Version of 'Princess Bride'

The new deal, shepherded by Alan Horn, follows an aborted attempt several years ago to develop the property as a musical with composer Adam Guettel.

NEW YORK – "Inconceivable?" No, "As you wish."

Disney Theatrical Productions has announced plans to collaborate with William Goldman on a stage work based on his 1973 fairy tale, The Princess Bride, and on his screenplay for the beloved 1987 Rob Reiner film that became a cult classic.

The deal was shepherded by Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn, who was involved with the screen version during his tenure at Castle Rock. No timeline or creative team for the show has been announced. Nor has it been decided if the project will be a musical or a play, though given the Disney stage arm's predominant history with musicals, that seems a good bet.

“My involvement in The Princess Bride goes back to 1987 and it has always been close to my heart," said Horn. "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."

Framed as a story told by a kindly old man to his ailing grandson, it spins a comic tale of love and adventure about Buttercup, a young beauty reluctantly engaged to the kingdom of Florin's evil prince but kidnapped on the eve of their wedding. She is ultimately rescued by her farmboy sweetheart Westley, aided by a giant and a Spanish master swordsman.

Reiner's movie starred Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, Andre the Giant, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest and Peter Falk. It was produced by Andrew Scheinman and Reiner, and executive produced by Norman Lear.

The Disney agreement will be welcome news for fans of the book and movie who got their hopes up when a stage musical based on the property was announced several years ago. Goldman collaborated on that project with Adam Guettel, the Tony-winning composer of The Light in the Piazza. But while much of the score was completed, development was halted in 2007 over a financial dispute.

No material from that aborted attempt will be used in the developing Disney version.

The powerhouse theatrical division's long-running behemoth, The Lion King, recently passed the $1 billion box-office threshold on Broadway, marking a historic first. Disney will open its latest stage musical, Aladdin, on Broadway early next year, following the current Toronto tryout. Previews start Feb. 26 at the New Amsterdam Theatre, with opening night set for March 20.

Dal sito Variety:

Disney Theatrical Developing ‘The Princess Bride’ for the Stage

New project is unrelated to the prior attempt to turn the property into a musical

Disney Theatrical Prods. has embarked on a stage adaptation of “The Princess Bride” in a deal shepherded by Alan Horn.

With no creative team yet attached, it’s not yet been decided whether the developing show will be a play or a musical. Either way the production will be entirely unrelated to the prior attempt to turn the property into a musical, which was scuttled in 2007 due to a rights disagreement between composer Adam Guettel (“The Light in the Piazza”) and book writer William Goldman, who wrote both the original 1973 novel and the screenplay for the 1987 movie version.

Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, has ties to “Princess Bride” through his tenure at Castle Rock (a division of Warner Bros., which Horn also has led).

The property, a comic fantasy-romance that generated the now-iconic film adaptation, has long seemed a natural candidate for a large-scale stage version, given its highly recognizable title and a fanciful storyline that would seemingly accommodate musical numbers without much friction. The Castle Rock pic was directed by Rob Reiner, helming a cast that included Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal and Carole Kane, among others; Norman Lear was on board as an exec producer.

No production timeline has yet been set for the legit adaptation from Disney Theatrical (“The Lion King,” “Newsies”), led by producer Thomas Schumacher. Title is just one of the shows in varying stages of development at the Mouse House’s stage division, including “Shakespeare in Love,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Dumbo” and “Freaky Friday.” The company’s tuner version of “Aladdin” recently began its out-of-town tryout run in Toronto prior to a berth on Broadway in the spring.

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E ora la notizia del 2019:

Dal sito Variety:

Listen: How Disney Taught a Generation to Love Musicals

Hard as it is to imagine now, there was a time when Disney was the new kid on the Broadway block.

Disney Theatrical Productions, the powerhouse behind mega-selling shows like “The Lion King,” marks its 25th anniversary this year, and Thomas Schumacher, DTP’s president and producer, has been there from the beginning. On the latest episode of Stagecraft, Variety’s theater podcast, Schumacher takes listeners back to the studio’s early days in town — and even further back, when, as an animation exec, he had a hand in reviving the fortunes of Disney Animation with films like “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin.”

Those films were one of a number of cultural factors that have helped revive a wider interest in musicals — but, Schumacher notes, it did take a while for them to really catch on.

“By the time we got to ‘Mulan,’ there was a fatigue setting in because we hadn’t raised an audience yet to love these [musicals],” he said. “What I have now discovered is that these movies are more beloved today than they were then.”

On Stagecraft, Schumacher also drops a few tantalizing hints about the new revivals of “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aida” currently in the works, and reveals how DTP thinks about adapting properties from Disney’s other brands — namely Marvel and Star Wars.

Marvel had a tumultuous, ultimately unsuccessful foray on Broadway with “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” But there are other ways to tell comic book stories on stage, Schumacher says: “We’re going to do it again with Marvel characters, but in licensing. About what happens to Peter Parker, what happens to Squirrel Girl, in their real life. … These are plays to be done in classrooms and things.”

Everyone knows we're developing the Princess Bride. There's great anticipation about that.

Dal sito Broadway Buzz:

Producing Honcho Thomas Schumacher on Disney Theatrical—Past, Present and Future—on Show People with Paul Wontorek



“Working with David Yazbek and Bob Martin and Rick Elice on The Princess Bride is so unbelievably thrilling. The other day, we were reading through the first act of the show, and David pulled out his guitar and started playing a song. Everyone at the table was weeping. It was so beautiful.”


Ecco che cosa dice Thomas Schumacher in un'intervista, di cui trovate il video su Youtube:

We are reviving Aida. We're working on it right now and we're deep into that. We're really deep into Princess Bride which is really big. We're doing a big revival of Beauty and the Beast. Certainly Princess Bride is of the big new titles and that's all I'm going to tell you.

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