They’re remaking the classic Whitney Houston film The Bodyguard for some reason and a lot of people are going to be upset about this one.
Starring Houston alongside Kevin Costner, The Bodyguard was one of the defining films of the 90’s. The romantic thriller saw the legendary singer in her acting debut play a famous actress and singer who secret agent-turned-bodyguard Costner is hired to protect from a dangerous stalker.
The film belonged to Houston: its soundtrack is still the highest-selling soundtrack album of all time. ‘I’m Every Woman’; ‘Queen of the Night’; ‘I Will Always Love You’! Nothing is sacred in Hollywood though and that’s been proven with the news that they’re going to reimagine The Bodyguard over at Warner Bros., as per Variety.
Matthew López, the Tony-nominated playwright of The Inheritance (hailed as the most importance American play of the century), has been hired to helm the project so it seems to be in capable hands at least. Lawrence Kasfan, the original writer and producer, is also working on the remake.
Listen to I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston:
The project has been floated as an idea for a decade and, although there’s currently no attached cast, some of the previous touted potential leads are quite something: Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson? After seeing their, ah, ‘chemistry’, in Men in Black: International, they might have dodged a bullet there. Channing Tatum and Cardi B? That’s so crazy it might just work. If I was a betting man, my money would be on a 2023 remake starring Matt Damon and Megan Thee Stallion.
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López is about to be a busy boy indeed. He signed an overall television development deal with Amazon Studios last year, and he’s already working on a film adaptation of Leading Men, a book about the legendary playwright of A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams.
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