WB remaking THE BODYGUARD

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
February 23rd, 2011

Sometimes, it’s really hard to have faith in major Hollywood studios.

Today is one of those times.

Deadline is reporting that WB is set to remake the 1992 hit, THE BODYGUARD.  The original famously paired Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, and ultimately became one of the studio’s biggest hits, grossing $411 million worldwide. The film will be penned by Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer, whose script for FAMILY GETAWAY landed on the 2010 Black List, and this will have Dan Lin producing.

The original film followed “a Secret Service agent 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.” Apparently the new film will include the love story, but will follow 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.”

Personally, while I’m not one to broadly state that all remakes are ultimately unnecessary, this one truly is. I don’t quite understand why a film like this will be remade as, sure, it was a hit, but I don’t think it’s quite got the name recognition that the studio would hope. That said, it appears they’ll be going on the name of the singer in question here, so expect quite a bit of news on this one soon.

What do you think? Is this a film that needs to be remade?

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  • http://www.twitter.com/chasewhale Chase Whale

    I bet Riahnna or however you spell her name redoes the song.

    UGH!

  • http://twitter.com/isavedlatin89 Josh Brunsting

    I bet you are right sir!

    UGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! :(

  • http://twitter.com/isavedlatin89 Josh Brunsting

    I bet you are right sir!

    UGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! :(

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