It has been nearly 30 years since the theatrical release of Mick Jackson’s The Bodyguard, and now Variety brings word that Warner Bros. Pictures is currently developing a remake of the 1992 romantic drama thriller, which starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. The studio has enlisted Tony nominee Matthew López (The Inheritance) to pen the screenplay for the long-in-development project.
Described as a reimagining, The Bodyguard remake will once again be produced by the original film’s producer and writer Lawrence Kasdan for Kasdan Pictures, along with Dan Lin & Jonathan Eirich for Rideback. It will be executive produced by Rideback’s Nick Reynolds.
Further details about the plot and characters are still being kept under wraps, but the project has been in the making for over a decade now, with Lin attached to the project since 2011. It remains to be seen if the remake would also cast a prominent singer or not, just like the first film with award-wining singer Whitney Houston.
1992’s The Bodyguard was directed by Mick Jackson, from a screenplay written by Lawrence Kasdan. The film starred Houston and Kevin Costner, where it followed the story of a former Secret Service agent who gets hired to protect a famous personality from a stalker. Interestingly, Kasdan originally wrote the film in the 1970s as a Steve McQueen and Diana Ross-led project.
The film was best known for its original soundtrack which includes the songs “I Will Always Love You,” “I Have Nothing,” and “Run to You,” which were all performed by Houston. The latter two earned the film an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.