Jack Gleeson, Natalie Dormer To Star In “Princess Bride” Remake

The Princess Bride

With any luck an entire generation won’t even know or care it was a remake. Like the following films: Godzilla (1998), Planet of the Apes (2001), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Clash of the Titans (2010), The Karate Kid (2010), Arthur (2011), Godzilla (2014)

Hollywood—Fans of the incredible chemistry between “Game of Thrones” favorites King Joffrey and his bride Margery can finally rejoice, as Sony confirmed yesterday that they will once again star together in the remake of “The Princess Bride.”

Jack Gleeson and Natalie Dormer were confirmed as cast as Westley and Princess Buttercup yesterday in the remake, set to be directed by Fred Savage. It will be Savage’s first time behind the camera on a major motion picture. But at least he is familiar with the material, having played “The Grandson” in the original.

Denzel Washington has been cast as Inigo Montoya, the swash-buckling swordsman searching the world over for the six-fingered man who murdered his father. Former NBA star Yao Ming has been cast as Fezzik, the friendly, rhyming giant.

“The irresistible spark seen onscreen between Jack and Natalie in the HBO show, ‘Game of Thrones’ will no doubt be visible and likely even flourish more under the astute direction of Fred Savage” a press release issued by Sony said.

Thomas Middleditch has signed on to play Miracle Max, and Kaley Cuoco has been cast as his long-suffering wife, Valerie. Stephen Root has been cast to play the brilliant kidnapper Vizzini. Nick Offerman will play the role of Prince Humperdinck.

Filming is set to begin next month, with a tentative release date of Christmas 2017. “With little to no movie competition set for December 2017, we have no doubt this movie will perform just great the box office,” Sony said.

Savage said that the studio has been “harassing me, like, literally, harassing me” about directing a remake for years. He said he hoped his TV show, “The Grinder” would serve as the perfect excuse to beg out of involvement in the movie. “But the damn critics saw to it that I now have a hell of a lot of extra time on my hands, and a family to take care of. Inconceivable.”

 

TDQ Investigates: Are The Days Of “The Big Bang Theory’s” High Quality Episodes Numbered?

We here at TDQ love “The Big Bang Theory.” It’s one of the few shows on television that have characters nearly as smart as we are. And who doesn’t love Kaley Cuoco? She is so hot, she could pass for Canadian.

But we are afraid that the recent renewal of the already-seven-year-old show for three more seasons will cause it to do what most shows its age have done long before: Jump the shark.

It’s the rare TV show that can last its entire run without doing so, especially a show that airs for more than five years or so. “Seinfeld,” “LOST” and “Magnum PI” are, in our educated opinions, about the only long-running TV stalwarts that have avoided doing it.

“Friends” jumped the shark. “The X Files” jumped the shark. “That ’70s Show” jumped the shark. Sheldon, Leonard, et al have yet to do so, though, to be honest, I personally think the addition of Mayim Bialik as Amy Farrah Fowler as a regular has weakened the show. I think it’s very possible that in 30 years, we may look back and say the show suffered after it “Added the Blossom.”
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James Van Der Beek To Play “Barefoot Bandit” In Made-For-TV Movie On The CW

Los Angeles—The CW confirmed reports yesterday that former “Dawson’s Creek” star James Van Der Beek has been signed to play teenaged fugitive Colton Harris-Moore, known as the

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James Van Der Beek as Colton Harris-Moore.

“Barefoot Bandit” for his daring break-ins into homes in Canada and the Pacific Northwest in 2009 and 2010, oftentimes without wearing shoes as he stole food and property and posted his mug on the internet.

A source who has seen the final script said some liberties had been taken in telling Harris-Moore’s story, notably adding a love interest to the plot, and changing the structure to make the telefilm more like a “Bonnie and Clyde/Romeo and Juliet” road movie, according to the source.
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