Quibi announced a celebrity-filled, socially distant, and easily digestible remake of “The Princess Bride.”
The 1987 classic is getting a fitting and modern “at-home” makeover amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Vanity Fair broke the news on Friday morning. The DIY film is spearheaded by “Juno" director Jason Reitman, who has previously staged live readings of the fantasy film.
He told the publication the idea came to him in March: “I just thought, ‘Can we remake an entire movie at home?’ […]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.'”
Each scene in the bite-sized film was shot by cast members in their home using their cell phones and props they had lying around the house.
Reitman relied on real-life couples for romantic scenes, so you’ll see Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, and Chris Pine and Annabelle Wallis, bringing their off-screen chemistry to life on the small screen.
Common, Tiffany Haddish, 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, and more appear in the project.
Additionally, the remake will feature some unique changes including gender-swapped roles with Jonas playing Princess Buttercup and Turner starring as Westley, the couple’s corgi playing the “Rodent of Unusual Size,” and crowds of people replaced by Lego figurines and stuffed animals, per the New York Post.
Quibi, which specializes in short-form content for mobile devices, will be releasing new episodes daily starting June 29 for two weeks straight.
The project even gained the approval of the film’s original director, Rob Reiner, who signed on to play “The Grandfather.”
Fred Savage will reprise his role of “The Grandson.”
Quibi also donated $ 1 million from the project to chef José Andrés’ charity World Central Kitchen to provide meals to those affected by the pandemic.