The Bodyguard Sequel Becomes a Bodyguard Reboot

We’ve known that Warner Bros. has been considering a sequel to the 1992 Kevin Costner-Whitney Houston movie “The Bodyguard” for some time now. Frankly, most people are shocked that a sequel was never made, or it’s taken this long to even entertain the idea of one. The original had massive appeal and cleaned up to the tune of $410 million worldwide, with over two-thirds of that total coming from foreign box office. That’s not to mention the mint everyone made off the movie’s soundtrack, which has sold 42 million copies worldwide.

Instead of a sequel that would catch up with former Secret Service bodyguard Frank Farmer (Costner) and his diva love interest Rachel Marron (Houston), though, Warner Bros. is looking to remake the original with an all-new cast and characters. Deadline reports that Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer have already been wired by WB to write the remake, with Dan Lin producing.

The remake will keep the bodyguard-singer dynamic, but instead of being a burnt out former Secret Service agent, the hero will be an Iraq War vet whose first gig is protecting a singer, a job made more difficult with today’s technology. After all, everything you ever wanted to know about your favorite celebrity nowadays can be found on the web, from gossip websites, tabloids, and the likes of TMZ exposing just about every little bit of information on a celebrity’s life. And then you have the celebs themselves voluntarily revealing everything on Twitter and Facebook, etc. Want to stalk a celeb in 2011? Hell, you can do it from your mom’s basement.

No actors are in place yet, but you can bet the leads will be much younger than Costner and Houston back in 1992. The idea is a sound one from a business standpoint — hire a gruff, capable, but “Twilight”-ish male lead, and get one of the gazillion teen pop princesses currently making a living on the charts. Pay as much attention to the music as the movie, and you’ve got a ready-made gold mine on your hands.

Hopefully, it’ll also be a decent movie.



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  • Anonymous

    I can picture the billboard already: Chris Hemsworth and maybe Rhianna or Katy Perry or a K/J/Canto-pop star for the Asian market, Jason Statham could be an old-friend/mentor who isn’t what he seems.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      An Asian star? No way, never gonna happen. Not when there are a dozen Britney Spears/Christina Aguilera clones out there waiting to “try acting”.

      • Anonymous

        Maybe Ke$ha, but that’s just going to make most of the the audience root for the stalker/killer

  • Freebird7769

    The reason a sequel was never made was that Costner had planned to make a second Bodyguard film with Princess Diana as the love interest. She supposedly was reading the script or was about to receive the script when she was killed.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    I’d actually use Statham in the main role, and have Jennifer Hudson play the singer. If not Statham, then Clive Owen. I could also see Jeremy Renner, Josh Lucas, or Jeffery Dean Morgan playing the role.

  • kimpopoy

    Statham is a good choice.. you can also have matt damon, ben afleck, jeremy renner or paul walker or even josh hartnett. for the female lead, i’d take keri hilson, leona lewis or rihanna.. but the thing is they might go with the twilight concept nowadays, with a good looking guy even if they cannot act or famous teen actress who cannot even sing..

  • Phil

    tbh i hate the idea of a reboot why is it that everything has to be remade ?? Kevin has still got it they could do a sequel where Marilyn gets killed or dies in some way and her son needs help uno get into some shit and frank has to step in to protect him or something like that uno keep the story going from the first one after all look what they can do these days like the films taken and taken 2 i could just see the bodyguard sequel being just as good if they didnt reboot it cuz they dont even want to stick to the story with the remake they want to make the bodyguard an ex iraq vet and make them look like young next thing you no zac efron will be playing frank :( how shit!!