Whitney Houston’s ‘The Bodyguard’ slated for remake

Houston, we have a problem.

The 1992 iconic blockbuster “The Bodyguard,” starring the late Whitney Houston, is slated for a remake, according to Variety.

Matthew López, a Tony nominee for his play “The Inheritance,” which opened on Broadway in 2019, is working on a remake of the classic film for Warner Bros.

Lawrence Kasdan of Kasdan Pictures, who was the writer-producer of the original film, and Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback are producing the new film. Rideback’s Nick Reynolds will executive produce.

“The Bodyguard,” which also starred Kevin Costner, 66, was an instant hit when it debuted almost 30 years ago. The film about a bodyguard who falls in love with a diva singer he has been hired to protect racked up over $400 million at the worldwide box office, spawning one of the greatest soundtracks of all time.

For her film debut, Houston recorded a slew of hits for the soundtrack like “Run to You” and “I Have Nothing,” as well as a remake of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” Houston’s version of the 1974 classic hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart the very next week on Nov. 28, 1992, becoming the fastest rise to the top by a woman at the time.

Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner embrace in the final scene from 1992’s “The Bodyguard.”
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The song remained at No. 1 for a then-unprecedented 14 weeks and moved 3.1 million copies, becoming the year’s top-selling single in just nine weeks, according to Nielsen Music.

A remake of “The Bodyguard” has been rumored for years, with Hollywood A-listers from Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson to Channing Tatum and Cardi B considered as contenders for the film’s lead roles.


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