Friday, February 25, 2011

This Week's Unnecessary Remake: 'The Bodyguard' at Warner Bros

The last time I laid down the law on an unnecessary remake it was Paramount's decision to remake the 1991 ensemble comedy Soapdish (which also just gained the writer Ben Schwartz). Now this time the unnecessary remake machine has been started up at Warner Bros. with Deadline saying the studio will redo the 1992 hit film The Bodyguard. The original film followed Kevin Costner as a Secret Service agent who is drafted to protect a singing diva (Whitney Houston) whose life is threatened by a dangerous stalker. But the bodyguard wasn't counting on falling in love with the diva and distracting him from sufficiently doing his job. Read on.

Apparently this new version (written by newcomers Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer) still fits along those same lines but the bodyguard has been changed to a former Iraq war veteran who gets the job as his first responsibility after leaving the army. ...

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