Warner Bros. ‘The Bodyguard’ Reboot Taps Scribe Matthew López To Pen – WM Leader

Tony-nominated The Inheritance playwright Matthew López is writing the remake of Warner Bros. 1992 blockbuster The Bodyguard. That pic starred Kevin Costner and the late Whitney Houston grossing over $400M WW.

The new movie is reportedly inspired by the 1992 romantic drama which followed a former Secret Service agent, played by Costner, who takes on the job of bodyguard to an R&B singer, whose lifestyle is most unlike a President’s.

Lawrence Kasdan of Kasdan Pictures, and Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback are producing. Rideback’s Nick Reynolds will serve as EP. Lin has been shepherding the project since 2011.

The film’s original soundtrack is the top selling of all-time with 45M copies sold around the globe. The soundtrack won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and certified 18x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.  Two songs, “Run to You” and “I Have Nothing”, were each nominated for Best Original Song at the Oscars, but lost out to “A Whole New World” from Disney’s Aladdin.

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Overall, it’s the 15th-best selling album in the U.S.; big shoes for this reboot to fill which has selected any actors yet. Lawrence Kasdan wrote and produced the original movie which was directed by Mick Jackson.

Variety first reported the news.

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