Variety on Wednesday reported that the studio is developing a remake of the 1992 romantic drama, which also starred Kevin Costner. Matthew López, the Tony-nominated playwright of Broadway’s “The Inheritance,” has been tapped to write the screenplay.
No casting has been announced yet. At this point, it’s unclear if the new version will feature musical performances.
The original “Bodyguard” follows actor and singer Rachel Marron (played by Houston), who begins receiving death threats from an unknown stalker. After a bomb explodes in Rachel’s dressing room, her manager seeks out former Secret Service agent Frank Farmer (Costner) to protect his client’s safety.
At first, the straight-laced Frank has no patience for Rachel’s diva antics. But the pair eventually fall in love ― and their budding romance puts both of their lives in danger.
Plans for a “Bodyguard” follow-up have apparently been in the works for some time. In 2012, Costner revealed that he’d received a script for a planned sequel in the mid-1990s that would have starred Princess Diana in her first acting role.
Two years ago, Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth were said to be in talks to star in a new version ― until Thompson revealed that she’d started that rumor herself. And earlier this year, Cardi B and Channing Tatum were also linked to a similar project, but those reports were never confirmed.
That idea even won the approval of Lizzo herself.
Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, whose credits include “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” and “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark,” wrote the script for “The Bodyguard” in 1975 with Steve McQueen and Diana Ross in mind for the starring roles.
Directed by Mick Jackson, the 1992 version became a box office smash despite mixed reviews. Not surprisingly, its secret weapon was Houston’s indelible vocal chops. The soundtrack featured her hits “I Have Nothing,” “I’m Every Woman” and, of course, “I Will Always Love You,” and remains the bestselling movie album of all time.
Catch the trailer for 1992′s “The Bodyguard” below.