In an announcement that surprises no one but still technically qualifies as news, Warner Bros. has revealed today that they are remaking the The Bodyguard, the 1992 megasmash starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. Costner played an ex-Secret Service agent hired to guard the body of a pop star, bearing eerie similarities to Whitney Houston (what with Houston playing her and all), from a psychotic stalker. Deadline is reporting that the writing team of Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer are scripting the remake. The duo made Hollywood’s prestigious Black List for their screenplay Family Getaway, and will update the original film – first written by Lawrence Kasdan in the 1970’s – by making the bodyguard an Iraq war veteran who discovers that in the age of Google and Twitter, stalking celebrities is easier than ever before.
No word on a director or cast yet, but if the original Bodyguard is any indication the romantic leads could be the most coveted roles in Hollywood. Before Witney Houston nabbed the lead in the 1992 original such starlets as Madonna, Pat Benatar, Olivia Newton-John, Joan Jett, Debbie Harry and Janet Jackson were all considered for the part. The script was originally written for Steve McQueen and Diana Ross, but production was scuttled when McQueen insisted on being billed over Ross in the opening credits. Costner paid homage to McQueen in the finished film by fashioning his character after the iconic star, right down to the haircut. Costner also reportedly spoke to Princess Diana about starring in a Bodyguard sequel back in 1997, shortly before her untimely passing. The sequel never got off the ground.
The original Bodyguard was an unexpected financial success, grossing over $400 million worldwide and spawning what remains the best-selling soundtrack in history. So the remake was inevitable but has some seriously unrealistic expectations to live up to.
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