According to Deadline, Warner Bros studios is gearing up to remake "The Bodyguard." The original movie was released in 1992 and starred Kevin Costner and my childhood idol, Whitney Houston.
The movie went on to be the largest grossing movie in the history of Warner Bros studios. "The Bodyguard" reportedly grossed $411 million worldwide. You Chicks and Dicks have to remember that this was in the 1990's, if we were to take into account inflation, todays figure would be much larger --likely in $1billion range.
Roxxy's Stan Confession: I was obsessed with this movie (and Whitney Houston for that matter) growing up! I remember I saw the movie at least 3 times in the theatre; I bought the soundtrack and my "cousin" Stella and I would torture my family and stand in the living doing duo renditions of "I Want to Run to You"; "I Have Nothing"; "Jesus Loves Me" and of course *side-eye* the crowd favorite, "I Will Always Love You."
*Shakes head* My poor family, it's a wonder I'm even alive to tell this story.
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.
Scripted by Lawrence Kasdan and directed by Mick Jackson, the original was a fairly straight ahead tale of a Secret Service agent (Costner in a Steve McQueen homage, down to his hairstyle) drafted to protect a singing diva whose life has been threatened by a stalker, then falling for her in a way he fears is a distraction from his job.
The new version is similar, 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.
It becomes the second music-driven remake for the studio, which just got a commitment from Clint Eastwood to direct Beyonce. The studio is in the process of landing the male star.
Lin just wrapped Sherlock Holmes 2, and is producing with Kevin McCormick Gangster Squad, which Ruben Fleischer will direct. He is also developing the LEGO Movie, which has Phil Lord and Christopher Miller attached to direct. The scribes are repped by UTA and Mosaic.
I'm not sure how I feel about the remake, I'm not a big fan of remakes of originals movies I grew up on.
I heard several months back that Rihanna had been taking acting lessons in New York in preparation for this role, and that she was a virtual shoe-in, but don't quote me.
However, no official word has been released on who will be taking on the two lead roles.