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