Variety announced that Warner Bros. is getting ready to shoot a new version of the iconic “Bodyguard” from 1992. The romantic-sensational production with Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner was a huge box-office hit, and the movie’s soundtrack became one of the best-selling soundtracks in movie history. The screenplay for the new version of the film will be written by Tony-nominated playwright Matthew Lopez (“Newsroom”).
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One of the producers of the new version of “Bodyguard” will be Lawrence Kasdan, the writer and producer of the original film. It is not known who will star. The design of this remake has been discussed in Hollywood since at least 2011, and during this time there has been speculation about various potential lead actors. The speech was about, among others Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as well as Channing Tatum and Cardi B. Interestingly, the screenplay was made in the 1970s. It was written with Steve Mc’Queen and Diana Ross in the lead roles.
What’s happening in the movie?
The protagonist of the film “Bodyguard” is a renowned bodyguard and former CIA agent, Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner). One of his next orders is to protect popular singer and actress Rachel Marron (Whitney Houston). The artist has been harassed by a dangerous fan for some time. Though Rachel and her new bodyguard initially disagree, a feeling soon develops between them.
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How much did the movie earn?
The film, directed by Mick Jackson, grossed over $ 400 million in cinemas around the world. This made it the second-highest grossing film of 1992. The film’s soundtrack has sold over 45 million copies. It includes such hits as “I Will Always Love You”, “I’m Every Woman” or “I Have Nothing”. Bodyguard was also nominated for Golden Raspberries in seven categories including worst movie, actor and actress.
Matthew Lopez’s greatest success to date is the play “The Inheritance” staged in 2018 at London’s Young Vic Theater. There, it was described as the most important American art of the century. Currently, Lopez works, among others on the script of the film “Leading Men” dedicated to Tennessee Williams and his longtime partner, Frank Merlo.
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