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This Week's Unnecessary Remake: 'The Bodyguard' at Warner Bros

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February 23, 2011
Source: Deadline

The Bodyguard

The last time I laid down the law on an unnecessary remake it was Paramount's decision to remake the 1991 ensemble comedy Soapdish (which also just gained the writer Ben Schwartz). Now this time the unnecessary remake machine has been started up at Warner Bros. with Deadline saying the studio will redo the 1992 hit film The Bodyguard. The original film followed Kevin Costner as a Secret Service agent who is drafted to protect a singing diva (Whitney Houston) whose life is threatened by a dangerous stalker. But the bodyguard wasn't counting on falling in love with the diva and distracting him from sufficiently doing his job. Read on.

Apparently this new version (written by newcomers Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer) still fits along those same lines but the bodyguard has been changed to a former Iraq war veteran who gets the job as his first responsibility after leaving the army. In this recreation the advancements of Twitter and Google Maps along with the invasive gossip mongers at TMZ has made access to celebrities easier and thus more dangerous and difficult for bodyguards to do their job. Apparently the studio aims to bring in a young female singer with global appeal and skyrocket her screen fame in the same way Whitney Houston launched her acting career. I'd say Beyoncé would be a prime choice for this project, but she's already doing A Star is Born. There's nothing left to say except that I could not care less about this project, but a good director could change my mind. How about you?

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Reader Feedback - 24 Comments

1

what the fuck for?

Anonymous on Feb 24, 2011

2

Justin Beiber as the singer? in this post Brokeback age, a romance about some man-boy love could work

El Hoopso on Feb 24, 2011

3

hehe

Fox on Feb 24, 2011

4

I'd like a sequel instead with of coarse the same people.

hehe on Feb 24, 2011

5

Unnecessary remake.. like extremely.

Mony on Feb 24, 2011

6

I just have to ask, how many movies are actually necessary?

Loser on Feb 24, 2011

7

Boo

Trat73 on Feb 24, 2011

8

I want this movie to fail. Make Lady Gaga the singing diva.

Gershom Romain on Feb 24, 2011

9

Yeah and have it be a short, with no bodyguard....and she dies.

Cody W. on Feb 24, 2011

10

...with real firepower.

Fox on Feb 24, 2011

11

Hollywood and their remakes can go strait to hell!

John on Feb 24, 2011

12

Amen to that.

BlinkTwice on Feb 24, 2011

13

Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner. It`s fun that people always blames the studios and their heads when it is the people who buy the tickets who are to blame. Don`t want to see more remakes don`t buy a ticket. If they don`t make money on them they quit doing them,

Loser on Feb 24, 2011

14

I'd love one with whitney all cracked out and crapping in her sink in her bedroom cause she's too mashed to get to the toilet. I reckon Rhianna would be good for this terrible film. I met a guy once who was a bouncer and the Bodyguard was his favourite film ever, ha ha. He was even doing the special training on the weekend to get into Bodyguard school. I bet he's murdered people now and has commited suicide.

Crapola on Feb 24, 2011

15

loll! it's not unnecessary...The original made $400+Mil worldwide There are people outside North America guys... Warner Bros are making money now and have been doing some big thinks thanks to Nolan and the HP movies So it is a welcome reboot...unlike spiderman where less than 5 years after the original ended, the money hungry studios want something useless When is Spiderman is going to come up in this "unnecessary remake" section?

Gh on Feb 24, 2011

16

I don`t get this necessary, unnecessary thing. Are there actually any Hollywood movie that has been necessary? Could people have lived without all of them?

Loser on Feb 24, 2011

17

Wasn't the Costner/Houston version a remake? So this is a twice baked potato?

Medsign on Feb 24, 2011

18

Me likey.... You better copyright that. That's what I'm calling all reboots/ and rehashes and remakes from here on out!!

Anonymous on Feb 25, 2011

19

Rihanna will be in this film

Sdsd on Feb 24, 2011

20

It's got to be rihanna, shes number one by a mile

Tu12nip on Feb 24, 2011

21

They must be running out of good stories.

ARIYAS on Feb 24, 2011

22

if it ain't broke, don't fix it....... La la land needs to line up some decent writers. It is beginning to look like they can't do anything but remakes and junk.

Rosaleeadams on Feb 24, 2011

23

Jennifer Hudson would be a better actress...after all she beat Beyoncé at that game and sings better too.....Rihanna would stand and take the abuse from a starker.......

John Padilla on Feb 25, 2011

24

Insert Whitney joke...

Anonymous on Feb 25, 2011

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