Recently, Hollywood has produced several remakes, many of which have been fresh interpretations of enduringly popular classics. Already in 2021, we’ll see a remake of She’s All That and a new version of West Side Story, both of which seem wonderful.
Many people aren’t aware, but The Bodyguard, starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, was rumored to be getting a remake a few years back. Even though there have been few project updates in recent months, it appears that the film has made some progress since the last time we checked.
The Bodyguard remake supposedly has a writers on board. Variety has claimed that Warner Bros. has engaged screenwriter Matthew López to help with the project. According to trade, the new picture is being sold as a rehash of the original. Lawrence Kasdan, who created the script and produced the 1992 picture Rideback with Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, will produce the project under his Kasdan Pictures banner. Exec producer on this project will be Rideback’s Nick Reynolds.
For his work on The Inheritance, Matthew López is perhaps best recognized as the author of E. M. Forster’s novel, Howard’s End. The play’s author has received some recognition for his efforts, and the Broadway production is up for numerous Tony Awards right now. As well as that, he worked as a writer on HBO’s drama about a broadcast newsroom, The Newsroom. The Bodyguard will benefit from López’s experience, since he’s worked on a number of other projects before.
In 2011, rumors began to circulate about a remake. Warner Bros. had previously commissioned Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer, writers of the unproduced blacklist movie Family Getaway, to pen the script for this film. Many have speculated about the possibility of a star-studded cast, despite the fact that no actors have been formally linked to the project.
The Bodyguard, directed by Mick Jackson of L.A. Story, was about a Secret Service agent-turned-bodyguard (Kevin Costner) who is recruited to defend a Hollywood actress (Whitney Houston) from a stalker.
Despite their disparate upbringings, the two get close over the course of their time together, and a relationship develops. Despite the mostly negative reviews, the movie was well welcomed by the general public. The film was a financial success at the box office, grossing $411 million against a $25 million budget during its initial run.
Naturally, the movie wouldn’t be complete without discussing the soundtrack, which includes several songs by Whitney Houston, as well as music by artists like Kenny G and The S.O.U.L S.Y.S.T.E.M. It would go on to become the best-selling soundtrack CD of all time.
Given that the new edition of The Bodyguard is still in early production, it’s reasonable to anticipate that an official release date will be announced after some time. It won’t be simple to remake the iconic drama, but here’s hoping the movie can at least replicate some of the enchantment that originally enthralled viewers in the 1990s.