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October 22, 2008 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 22, 2008 |

Hey! Y’all remember when Rob Reiner was one of the best directors in the business? Dude was responsible for five of the best movies of the 1980s — This is Spinal Tap, The Sure Thing, Princess Bride, Stand By Me, and When Harry Met Sally. Oh, sure: He had sentimental streak in him, but it was the kind of sentimental I could dig. But since The American President, Rob Reiner’s mojo dried up shriveled up like a penis in a 10-foot radius of Anne Coulter. His last four films — Alex and Emma, Rumor Has It, The Bucket List and The Story of Us — we’re like our punishment for enjoying her earlier stuff so much.

Well, Reiner hasn’t given up the cinematic ghost yet. Meathead is gonna try his hand at action-adventure, directing Book of Shadows , based on a pitch from Zoe Green. The pitch:

The story follows a young man who must embark on the perilous journey of first love and face many trials of maturity while on the dangerous quest to close a mythical tome called “Book of Shadows” in order to restore balance to the world.

And while I’m not sure Reiner has anything left in the tank, the logline has shades of The Princess Bride in it, so maybe it’s in his wheelhouse. But before he tackles Book of Shadows, Reiner is also working on Whiskey River, about an American soldier injured in Iraq is called back into action before he’s fully recovered, prompting his father to kidnap his son in order to save his life. I hope for Reiner’s sake that Book of Shadows works out, because Whiskey River has *facepalm* written all over it. The Iraq War is toxic to the box-office.

And now: How many Princess Bride quotes can you leave in the comments? Go.

No. It's Not a Princess Bride Remake / Dustin Rowles

Industry | October 22, 2008 |

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