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Thursday
Jul102014

Inconceivable! John Mayer Was Considered to Create Musical Based on "The Princess Bride"

ABC/Randy HolmesA number of music legends have gotten involved with writing Broadway musicals -- Sting and Paul Simon are just a few -- but it turns out that a younger musician came close to being hired to create a show based on one of the best-loved movies of the '80s: The Princess Bride.

The website Collider reports that, while promoting his new movie And So It Goes, director Rob Reiner, who also directed The Princess Bride, revealed that he has had a number of discussions about turning that film into a musical, and one of those discussions was with none other than John Mayer.

Reiner said at first, he discussed the project with Mark Shaiman, a composer who's done many of Reiner's movies.  "He said, ‘I wouldn’t know what to do.  I mean, it’s too good a movie.  I can’t imagine,’" Reiner recalled.  Then, he says, "I talked to Randy Newman who also [couldn’t do it].  [There] was a moment where John Mayer -- who I thought had a sense of humor and could do some interesting lyrics -- said he was gonna do it, then he backed out because he said, ‘It’s too much. I can’t do it.’”

John has appeared on a number of movie soundtracks, including Reiner's 2007 film The Bucket List, but he doesn't have much TV or movie composing experience.  Reiner admits that turning the movie into a musical would be difficult, but he would just need to find the right person.  In November, it was reported that Disney is trying to bring The Princess Bride to the stage, but that the company wasn't sure if it would be a play or a musical.


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