Warner Bros. Has A Remake Of ‘The Bodyguard’ In Its Sights

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

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It seems like every week brings news of another remake or reboot. Hollywood also seems to have given up on plundering older films in favor of giving a new coat of paint to films less than twenty years old. While something like the Batman franchise needed to be reset because it had gone as far as it could go in its original incarnation, other remakes just seem unnecessary.

Take the news that Warner Bros. intends to remake the 1992 Kevin Costner film The Bodyguard and ask yourself: is it really essential?

The Bodyguard was originally written by Lawrence Kasdan as a starring vehicle for Steve McQueen and Diana Ross in the 1970s. It never made it to the screen, but Kasdan dusted off the script for his friend Kevin Costner, who retooled it for himself and Whitney Houston. The story follows a bodyguard (the best in the business, obviously) who has to protect an international diva from a crazed fan. Naturally, they fall in love and the bodyguard wonders if he can do his job now that he is “too close.” He did though, and a million hearts across the world went aflutter; a million cash registers went ‘kerching’ and the film became a massive hit  in 1992, grossing a smidgen under $411 million at the worldwide box office (almost $122 million of that was domestic).

The soundtrack to The Bodyguard has also shifted over 44 million units since the film was released, with its major hit single being a cover version of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You”. While the film isn’t the greatest piece of high art committed to celluloid, it is still solid entertainment in a “Sunday afternoon” sort of way.

When the numbers are taken into account it would appear that a remake of The Bodyguard makes sound financial sense for Warner Bros. Deadline is reporting that the film will be “updated” to the 21st Century, where an Iraq veteran takes on bodyguard duties for a singer, but realizes that modern technology like Twitter, celebrity websites and Google Maps make it all-too-easy for a stalker to follow a star.

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Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer are set to script the remake (with Dan Lin and Mark Bauch producing), although it remains to be seen if it will carry the title The Bodyguard, or if it will be named something else – The Protector? The key to the film is casting. Back in 1992, Costner was one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, with his three previous movies being Dances With Wolves, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and JFK (check out the Oscar nominations and box office for those movies). Houston was also a huge recording artist and together they made a mini-phenomenon, with even Costner’s haircut getting a tremendous amount of press coverage!

Today, there are a dozen young female stars that could slip into Houston sequins: Beyonce (although she may be too busy with Clint Eastwood’s A Star Is Born), Rihanna, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera or even Lady Gaga, to name but a few. However, finding a lead actor could be slightly more difficult. Hollywood doesn’t really offer up many “manly men” anymore, so who could would be a solid replacement for Costner? Jason Statham might be too gruff for a romantic lead, Shia LaBeouf might be too nerdy and someone like Channing Tatum might be too busy with G.I. Joe. I’m sure there’s always Sam Worthington.

The film could also potentially be a franchise starter. Costner apparently mulled the idea of making a sequel starring Princess Diana (!) and any sequels to the remake could see the lead protecting a variety of stars in subsequent movies. With a script on the way, it seems like Warner Bros. is keen on bringing this to the screen, and the amount of money the studio could make with cross promotion would  help the studio’s bottom line now that the Harry Potter franchise has run its course.

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Personally, I’d like to see this as a sequel of sorts, with Costner’s Frank Farmer (the character in the original) mentoring a younger, less experienced bodyguard. Costner could be on the comeback trail with his role in Superman: Man of Steel, so it might make good business sense to those at Warner Bros. Costner’s Company Men co-star Ben Affleck would also be a good fit for the titular Bodyguard, and the role could solidify his newly restored leading man credentials. Both actors have a solid relationship with Warner Bros., both would also make a good fit for directing (see The Town or Open Range for proof) and Costner not only produced the original film, but reports at the time had the actor take an active role in the editing process.

As always, you can be sure to keep up to date with any developments on The Bodyguard here at Screen Rant.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Are these two really not considered “modern day” anymore? I must be getting old….

    • No they shouldnt remake it over

      • Movie directors running ideas

  2. Liam Neeson!!!!!!!

  3. I read about this yesterday and I think its an absolutely RIDICULOUS idea.

  4. why why why, and to make it a franchise on top of that is just crazy, Afleck and Costner, intresting combo, and a good pair of directors.

  5. Comparative lack of “manly men” around: bodyguard needs protecting from Lady Gaga?

    Will inevitably include another cover of “I (ee-I) Will Always Love You (oo-oo-oo)”. A movie can be bypassed, but that wretched song was unavoidable for about a century. Do NOT let Aguilera loose on that one.

    • I am sooooo Agreeing with you

  6. So Ben Affleck protecting Rihanna from a derange Chris Brown ?

  7. It’s gonna be Samuel L. Jackson protecting Justin Bieber. Imagine Sam Jackson carrying Justin Beiber to safety from a hoard of teenage girls…..lol.

    • LMAO genius ideas!

    • That is the only version of this remake I would ever see! nice!

  8. Actually, when you mentioned Ben Affleck, I felt that this could be a very good movie, if Ben directed it. If they did want another diva, I would choose Jennifer Hudson.

    • @ Kahless & @ Stephie
      I’m not sure if you were being serious or not but imaging Ben Afleck Carrying Jennifer Hudson to Safety….(Gasp…Pant…Wheeze….)
      Of course I don’t know if JH has slimmed down but still….

      • You haven’t seen her lately, have you? Yes, she has slimmed down a lot and looks fantastic.

  9. I was talking about this with some friends of mine a couple of days ago, and we all agreed if they ever remake The Bodyguard, it won’t be as good, but Warner Bros. needs another new franchise to compliment the one they’ve got (Sherlock Holmes), at least they chose a movie which wasn’t totally sucky.

    As far as the male lead goes, I agree with Kahless… Ben Affleck would be a good choice as the male lead, especially if he’s given the opportunity to direct as well, and Jennifer Hudson would be awesome as the female lead.

  10. Alex O’laughlin

  11. I am very proud to say I have never seen nor will I eer see that movie and if I ever hear that song again I fear I may have to run out and purchase a home lobotomy kit…Creativity in mainstream Hollywood is like the Salt Flats..dead and barren.

    • And IIIII e-iiiii…will always…love youuuuu-IIII, will always, love youuuuuuu…

      Oh, sorry, couldn’t resist. 8-)

      • Actually, watching a bunch of Klingons bellowing that out (is there such a thing as Klingon karaoke?) at grotesque volume – d’k tahgs drawn – would be fairly Unforgettable… :-P

  12. How about a female bodygaurd and a male celebrity?? There’s quite a few bad-ass actresses these days, pick one.

    • Michelle Rodriguez

  13. MARIA KERRY?……AND KEVIN COSTNER RETURNS OUT OF RETIREMENT AFTER LEAVING THE BUSINESS WHEN HIS FAV FORMER CLIENT (WHITNEY HUSTON) LOSES HER LIFE TO A DRUG ADDICTION. HE STILL SITS AT HOME WATCHING OLD TAPES OF WHITNEY DRINKING HEAVILY WONDERING IF MAYBE HE HAD NOT RESCUED HER BEFORE, IF AN EARLY DEATH WOULD HAVE KEPT HER EMORTALIZED AS A GREAT PERFORMER…..NOW HERE COMES MARIA KERRY THE INDUSTRY REPLACEMENT WORKING ON HER FINAL ALBUM RECEAVING DEATH THREATS FROM AN INDIE LABLE SHE RECORDED HER FIRST ALBUM WITH THAT IS A FRONT FOR A DRUG MAFIA…..KEVIN FINDS AN OBVIOUS CONECTION BETWEEN WHITNEYS DEATH AND THIS INDIE LABLE AND THIS IS HIS BIG CHANCE TO AVENGE HIS FAV CLIENTS DEATH AND TO KILL SOME PEOPLE…..NICK CANNON SHOULD PLAY THE CRAZED CHAUFFEUR THAT SAVES THE DAY WITH HIS INSANE DRIVING SKILLS AND IN THE END HUMBLED MARIA MERRYS HER CHAUFFEUR………..THE END.

  14. Terrence Howard, Elijah Kelley, Viggo Mortensen, or Derek Luke as bodyguard. Jewel as singer.

  15. Paul Walker, Sam Worthington, Josh Hartnett, Henry Cavill, Boris Kodjoe, Jesse Williams, Jeremy Renner, Matt Damon….If they cast Lady Gaga or Brittany Spears or Taylor Swift it will be a diseaster.

  16. I would like to see Leonardo Dicaprio with Riahnna

    • shemar moore!

  17. What they should do is release an uncut version of the bodyguard, with ALL the alluded to passionate love scenes that didn’t make it. Imagine how much $$ that will bring them: all these fans who have made a (secret?) love between Costner & Houston!

    And IIIII e-iiiii…will always…love youuuuu-IIII, will always, love youuuuuuu… (thanks Kahless lol)

  18. Meant to say: ‘all these fans who believe in a (secret?) love affair between Costner & Houston will keep the cash flowing with an uncut release of the movie.’

    • that will be a great idea to release the uncut version of the movie. Does anyone know where I can get a copy with the cut scenes?

  19. I would love to see Mark Wahlberg & Zoe Saldana
    star in the remake of the bodyguard!

  20. I was not keen on the idea of a remake until recently. I’d like to see Brandon Routh play the part of farmer, but finding the diva will be impossible because Whitney can’t be replaced. Today’s diva are truly too self absorbed to pull in a fan base. There isn’t a black female I’d want to spend even a quarter to see and there isn’t a white one with that Houston star power. Clarkson has the voice, but not the stage presence. A remake may be an unrealized dream .

  21. I would love to see Fantasia and Hugh Jackman in the roles of Rachel Marron and Frank Farmer.

  22. Ben Affleck carrying Adelle like a sack of potatoes over the shoulder. I would pay to see that. In that case they can always get the rock to play the bodyguard.