Sign of the Times: Warner Bros Remaking 'The Bodyguard'

Wednesday, 23 February 2011 15:51 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Sign of the Times: Warner Bros Remaking 'The Bodyguard'

Not content with their Clint Eastwood-directed A Star is Born remake, Warner Bros is moving ahead with a remake of the 1992 film The Bodyguard, which starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston.  The original, about an all-business bodyguard protecting and falling in love with the globally-famous singer he was hired to protect from a potentially violent stalker, was a huge hit at the time, raking in $411 million worldwide and selling a whole lot of soundtracks.

Deadline has the exclusive, and they report that Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer have been hired to write.  Friedman and Palmer have not yet had a screenplay produced, but their script Family Getaway is much-loved and will likely be made at Warner Bros.  The original film was written by Lawrence Kasdan, who also scripted The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark.  This Bodyguard remake will stick to the basic template, but it will also reflect the current saturation of celebrity culture, with references to the likes of TMZ and Twitter.  In another oh-so topical twist, the titular guarder of bodies will be a combat veteran, freshly returned from Iraq, so maybe we'll be treated to some flashbacks accurately depicting the complex geopolitical and social situation in that country.

The studio is in the process of looking for a male star to take over the Costner role, and presumably for a director as well.  According to Deadline, Warner Bros is eager to use the film as a platform for a globally recognized musician, just as it did two decades ago with Houston.  Beyonce is out, since she's all ready set to star in that A Star is Born remake, so who it will be is anyone's guess.  If Warners has the chutzpah to cast Lady Gaga, this remake would suddenly justify itself through sheer batshit craziness. 

Who do you think should be the diva in the cross hairs of an obsessed fan in The Bodyguard remake?

Source: Deadline

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