Everything old is indeed new again.  Warner Brothers is planning a remake of the 1992 film, The Bodyguard–with a few minor adjustments.  And so far, we’re not sure how to feel about it.

First off, Whitney Houston fans, prepare to be disappointed.  The star who made the film a mega-blockbuster hit will not resume her role as Rachel Marron, the international singer and diva facing a stalker’s death threat.  Instead, the studio is searching for a young female pop star for the lead role.  The goal is to recreate the phenomenon that was the original by giving an already popular artist their own, “I Will Always Love You,” ballad to last through the years.

Early rumors was that Rihanna was the front runner for the role. While it would be interesting to see an unexpected pick for the female lead, insiders say that the film’s producers may have already tapped Clint Eastwood to direct Beyonce.  If that is true, then it is quite possible the singer will be on track to play every singer in history, real and fictional, that has ever lived.

In the modern version of The Bodyguard, there will be some of the old and a lot of the absurd and new.  According to Deadline.com:

The new version is similar, including the love story, but here the bodyguard will be a former Iraq war veteran who gets the job protecting the star as his first gig after leaving the Army. He discovers that the world of Twitter, Google Maps and TMZ has made access to celebrities easier than ever, making the job more difficult than ever.

I can see it now: a psycho Bey stan using Foursquare to track down her every move.  Thrilling, no?

Frankly, all this news has just made me miss the original film and soundtrack even more.  Remember when Rachel throws a tantrum about having her Sunday brunch rescheduled to Tuesday?  Remember the love scene withKevin Costner?  Remember waiting for “Run To You” to come on so you could belt out the falsettos in your lace-up school shoes?

Ok, so maybe that last memory is a personal one, but point is this: The Bodyguard was and remains a defining moment in 90′s pop culture.  The interracial love interest between the two stars was one of the first scripted without the entire storyline being dedicated to the difference between the two and a race relations debate.  The film also proved that a black female lead could not only make a hit film, she could headline one that earned $441 million worldwide.  To this day, the film is one of Warner Brothers’ biggest global hits, so whoever ends up with the lead role–expect to see their face everywhere you turn.

I wonder what Ms. Houston thinks of all this hoopla…

What’s your favorite Bodyguard moment?  What do you think about the plans for a remake: could the update become an upgrade?

  • Monzi

    Nooooooooooo! No! No! No! Stop It! Stop it with the remakes of mives that are not that old! Stop it with the talentless “celebrities” being given roles they don’t deserve. Let us first praise the Most High that Rihanna was not chosen! But really, the Bodyguard came out when I was two years old, and I can still watch it. It’s good just as it is. Go remake Gone with The Wind. It’s rude to remake a movie when its stars are still alive and well. And let’s stop incorporating the Iraq war into every film with an angry man who works in a law enforcement type scenario. It’s not funny or cute. Does the phrase “too soon” mean anything? There are still men fighting over there as I sit on my a$$ and type. This is not supposed to be casual subject matter for movies. I cant. I will not be watching this remake. I will pull up netflix and just watch the movie as it was meant to be. The ’90s was NOT that long ago. can you imagine if every ’90s classic just got up and remade? smdh

  • Charisma

    But whyy??? The Bodyguard does not need to be remade. The soundtrack and everything was epic! Just leave it alone. Get your creative juices flowing and create a movie that isn’t a remake of something that is already a classic.

  • Rob

    Why? To early for a remake

  • kekes

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Please just leave it be- not re-make worthy, really (even though i LOVED it). sidenote: who’s going to play the sister? solange?

  • African Mami

    @ Monzi

    Let us first praise the Most High that Rihanna was not chosen!

    This had me dying with laughter!!!!!!!!

  • fuchsia

    It is truly the end of an era. I used to live and breath the soundtrack and I’ve seen the original movie hundreds and hundreds of times. I was a HUGE Whitney fan as a kid… I don’t want them to remake it, but I understand that they are more concerned about the money than about preserving 90s history.

  • Deetris

    Can Hollywood come up with any NEW IDEAS? D@mn, how many times must a movie be remade? First of all, it will fail miserably, and second of all can’t nobody do that role better than Whitney, imo.

  • blank

    Here’s the thing I trust Clint Eastwood will make the film awesome. My worry is who will play the lead. I certainly don’t want Rihanna playing it. And bey is over used. why don’t they go searching for new talent? I’m tired of seeing the same singers thrown in my face. there’s gotta be someone who their who can belt out a tune. They can bring back jennifer hudson to the screen/ Anika Ani Rose or the past American Idol fallout Tamyra Gray.

    In fact I vote for Tamyra Gray, check her out singing “I’ll always love you”

  • Miss Jae

    What’s up with everyone wanting to remake ish!? First Love Jones & now The Bodyguard?! BUT….if they plan on ruining a classic, please cast a good soulful singer! I suggest Fantasia (although she can’t really act) or J. Hud.

  • http://Www.keishajreed.com Keisha

    No one can play Rachel like Whitney! That’s all.

  • Leelee

    Originally the roles were for Diana Ross and Steve McQueen. That would have been an interesting dynamic for those of us old heads who know who Steve McQueen is. I am not happy about Beyonce, but knowing Hollywood, if she or Rhianna were cast I would not be surprised. If things were different Lauryn Hill would have been my choice. I actually rather see Alicia Keys over Beyonce, as well.

  • Brasilia

    As the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I, for one, find it hard to believe that there aren’t writers in Hollywood with original story ideas. Sad, really, really sad.

  • Stone

    Ugh! The movie industry has no more original ideas of their own. All they do is remake stuff and mess it up. I would throw up watching Rihanna with play Rachel.

  • T. Jones

    Why are they even remaking this? We are never allowed any classics. They would never consider remaking that old Barbra Striesand movie “The Way We Were” but they are ready to replace Whitney and it hasn’t even been 20 years!? Ridiculous.

  • Brie

    I don’t think a remake is necessary, BUT my top cast choice would be D. Woods from DK, and Channing Tatum.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brielle-Valyntn/71104782 Brielle Valyntín

    I don’t think a remake is necessary either, BUT if done, my choices for the new cast include D.Woods of Danity Kane, and Channing Tatum.

  • kareen

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why are we remaking that movie? Is there NO other story that hollywood can tell? Remaking The Bodyguard is the equivalent of remaking Dirty Dancing with Justin Beiber or Chris Brown… *bbm blank stare*

  • Fourplaii

    Sometimes a classic should remain just that…. And STAY A Classic…

  • Simone

    Channing is hot…..

  • geek chik

    NO.NO.NO and just NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kim

    lmao at these comments.

    My picks would be:

    Heather Headley – I actually just read in the Huntington Post that she was just chosen to play the role in the Broadway musical version thats coming out.
    Jennifer Hudson – uh Dream Girls….
    Leona Lewis – she did win x-factor and gain fame by singing ‘I will Always Love You’.
    Naturi Naughton – former 3lw member. she can actually act very well and sing
    Brandy – she can act pretty well and sing

    I feel as though Rihanna and Beyonce are a little too overexposed for the role.

  • Cia

    My favorite moment from the first movie is when he takes her scarf, tosses in the air and it softly get sliced on his sword, but that’s it. I’ve seen the movie recently and realized what a dry performance everyone gave in that move, so yes it could use an upgrade. As for who they could add as an upgrade, Alicia Keys could do it. If anyone saw the cool as chemistry she had with Common in Smokin’ Aces, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

    A complete unknown would be refreshing. Amel Larrrieux perhaps.

  • http://lusciouslit.blogspot.com Samantha Sunrayne

    Apologies for this (very) belated comment – I’ve only just discovered this awesome website! While it probably won’t ever be remembered for its ground-breaking acting, I definitely agree that ‘The Bodyguard’ was a ground-breaking film for its time in terms of the racial pairing and gross earnings.

    @Leelee Regarding Diana Ross and Steve McQueen – yes, I read that somewhere too! Snap! I’d love to see how that might have panned out! I think McQueen back in the day looked like a cross between Daniel Craig and, strangely enough, Kevin Costner.

    Gosh, a remake? Really? I mean – is it necessary?! I liked reading everyone’s comments on who should do the remake. A few years ago, I would’ve said Lauryn Hill for Rachel. Now I think Wynter Gordon could be interesting, but I’m not sure if she can act. The Frank part is easy: Sam Worthington. He actually looks like he was a real-life bodyguard once! Jeremy Renner could be a goer too.

    As for my favourite part… It’s probably that bit where Rachel does that club show and the crowd turns feral and Frank busts his way in and carries her to safety. Granted, it’s sort of corny, but it’s also quite romantic! *Sigh* I wish some hottie would bust me out of a feral crowd…. ;-P

  • modern lady

    Beyonce…really? How many times must the seeing and hearing public be subjected to that?

  • Tia Williams

    That was boring. I only like side one of the soundtrack since it was all Whitney.

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