Apparently it’s 90’s remake day. We previously reported that a remake of the comedy Soapdish is in the works, and now it looks like Warner Bros. is working on a remake of the 1992 romantic-thriller The Bodyguard. The original, of course, stars Whitney Houston as a famous singer and Kevin Costner as the Secret-Service agent tasked with protecting her from a dangerous stalker. As you well know, the two become romantically involved and Houston gets all dramatic insisting that she will always love Costner.
Deadline reports that Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer, whose action comedy Family Getaway ended up on last year’s Black List of the best unproduced screenplays, will script the flick. Apparently this version updates the love story, turning the Costner-character into an Iraqi war veteran whose first job back on US soil is protecting Houston’s star character. This modern take will show how “the world of Twitter, Google Maps and TMZ has made access to celebrities easier than ever,” providing some much needed social networking drama to raise the stakes, since most social networking services aren’t at all inherently stalkerish. This is WB’s second music-driven remake in the works, with Clint Eastwood set to direct Beyonce in a remake of A Star is Born.