After early murmurs, it’s been confirmed that a remake of ‘The Bodyguard’ is happening.
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According to Variety, the wheels are officially in motion for a modern reimagining of the 1992 movie – which was led by Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner.
Set at Warner Bros, Tony nominee Matthew López has been tapped to write the new version of the romantic drama.
Lawrence Kasdan, Dan Lin, and Jonathan Eirich are all on-board as producers, while Nick Reynolds will serve as executive producer.
Kasdan notably was a writer-producer on the original film, which grossed over $400 million at the global box office and birthed the bestselling movie soundtrack of all time; a soundtrack that is home to Houston-sung classics such as ‘I Will Always Love You,’ ‘I Have Nothing,’ ‘Run to You,’ and ‘I’m Every Woman.’
While we’re rarely as riled by remakes as some (because select stories hold cross-generational value), one of the key drivers of ‘The Bodyguard’ is unquestionably its music. Specifically, its Whitney Houston music.
The industry has yet to birth a voice as iconic and other-worldly as Whitney’s, which immediately puts this at a competitive disadvantage if the classic ‘Bodyguard’ songs are to feature.
If driving in the direction of all-new material (given that music is central to the story), it still has hurdles in front of it that some could argue could be insurmountable.
Time will tell. In the here and now, what are…