And the latest movie headed for Broadway looks to be “The Princess Bride,” with Disney making a mysterious announcement today saying that a stage adaptation of the beloved 1987 film is in the works. (No word yet on when, where, who, etc.) This is . . . not a terrible idea? Conceivable? Everything Inigo Montoya says kind of sounds like it could be a song, right? And I can imagine some witty duets between Buttercup and Prince Humperdinck. We shall see. (Update: Screenwriter William Goldman, who also wrote the book the movie is based on, is writing it.)
Just for fun, here’s the current roster of Broadway musicals that began as movies: “The Lion King,” “Kinky Boots,” “Once,” “Newsies,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “Big Fish” and, coming soon, “Bullets Over Broadway.” That’s not counting shows based on books that were later made into movies (“Matilda,” “Wicked”), or musicals that later became movies (“Chicago,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,”"Rock of Ages.”) Meanwhile, anybody want a peanut?