Which ’80’s Movie Deserves a Sequel – Part One of Five
With the revelation last week that Tom Cruise is working on a sequel to Top Gun with original producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Tony Scott, it got me thinking about other iconic movies from the ’80’s that I think are due for a follow up. Over the course of the next five days, I’ll present to you the five movies I think are more than deserving of a follow-up. Let’s begin…
The Princess Bride
Plot: A young, pre-Wonder Years Fred Savage is stuck in bed battling the common cold when his grandfather (played by Peter Faulk) stops by to help him pass the time with a story by the name of The Princess Bride. A classic fairy tale centering around the dashingly handsome farmhand Wesley (played by Cary Elwes) and his search for the love of his life, Buttercup (Robin Wright) who is being forced into marrying the evil Prince Humperdink. Initially more interested in playing his Atari 2600 (this was the 1987 after all), the youngster slowly starts to find himself more intrigued with the story. So much so that the movie ends with Fred asking his Grandpa if he’ll come back and read the story again the following day (by telling you that, I’m not spoiling the ending).
Here’s one of my favorite scenes from the movie where Wesley, now known as the Dread Pirate Roberts, gets into a battle of wits with the Sicilian, Vizzini (Wallace Shawn) who has kidnapped Buttercup in attempt to claim the reward offered by Humperdink.
Possible Sequel Plot: Fred Savage is all grown up and doing quite well for himself as an high ranking executive at a prestigious Wall Street investment firm. But, as it always does, great success comes with a price. You see Fred put his career and his desire to be wealthy ahead of everything else including his family which led to a divorce and a young son who wants very little to do with him. During a weekend stay, Fred tries desperately to connect with his son by sharing the same story his now departed grandfather shared with him so many years ago. Of course the son wants nothing to do with it at first, but reluctantly agrees to let dad tell the story. As the story progresses, it’s not the child who learns a life lesson, but Fred himself who realizes that life is more important than wealth and makes a point to change his ways and reunite his family. But you probably already figured that out.
Tomorrow I’ll take a look at film that proved the old adage that “can’t judge a book by its cover.”