Whitney Houston will always love you, but will she love the news that her starring role in The Bodyguard will be revisited in a remake? Warner Bros. has revealed plans to reboot the 1992 film, which starred Houston and Kevin Costner in a story about a pop diva and her manly protector, Variety reports. The studio has Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer set to deliver a script and Dan Lin on board to produce.
In the original, Costner’s character was an ex-Secret Service agent hired to protect Houston’s pop star from her more dangerous “fans.” The reboot will reframe the character as an Iraq War vet. Friedman and Palmer are also set for another WB picture, Family Getaway, about an assassin who heads home for Thanksgiving dinner and the shenanigans that ensue when rival assassins show up to spoil the holiday cheer.
Maybe it’s just me, but this seems totally unnecessary. The Bodyguard was fine and it remains a noteworthy moment in ’90s Hollywood pop culture. It’s going to be tough to recapture magic like that, when it is so centered on a particular time and the players involved. Then again, the face of pop stardom has shifted dramatically in the almost 20 years since the original was released. Today’s divas, people like Lady Gaga, are a much different breed, which could potentially offer a fresh new angle on the story.