Proving, once again, that there really are no new ideas in Hollywood comes news that Warner Bros. is planning to remake the 90’s classic film The Bodyguard which stars Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. As you may know, The Bodyguard tells the semi-romantic tale of a hard-nosed and deadly serious bodyguard (Costner) and a resistant and flippant female celebrity whose life he has been sworn to protect (Houston). Is the world already ready to see that story again?
Warner Bros is rebooting its 1992 hit The Bodyguard, the film that paired Kevin Costner with Whitney Houston and became for its time one of the biggest global hits in studio history with a $411 million worldwide gross. The film will be scripted by Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer, whose action comedy script Family Getaway made the 2010 Black List and is a priority project at Warner Bros. Dan Lin will produce through his Lin Pictures banner, and Mark Bauch is co-producer … The new version is similar [to the original], including the love story, but here the bodyguard will be a former Iraq war veteran who gets the job protecting the star as his first gig after leaving the Army. He discovers that the world of Twitter, Google Maps and TMZ has made access to celebrities easier than ever, making the job more difficult than ever. The goal is to take a young female singer with global appeal and give her the platform that The Bodyguard did Houston.
News of this Bodyguard remake is coming out after WB announced previously that they are also remaking A Star is Born to be directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Beyoncé. At this point, to be honest, I’m tired of complaining about the lack of originality. These remakes are going to continue to be made whether we like it or not. I guess it just becomes a matter of hoping for the best and seeing what comes from these updated remakes. The soundtrack to The Bodyguard, recorded by Whitney Houston, is the most successful movie soundtrack of all time. Whitney’s version of I Will Always Love You (originally by Dolly Parton) was a MONSTER smash hit song:
I’d bet good money that this remake will feature a cover of that cover song. Again, there is nothing new under the Sun.
I LOVE the original film but it does look really dated after all these years. I’m curious to see how this remake turns out. What do y’all think? Does this Bodyguard remake sound interesting to you?