The Bodyguard is a movie which managed to capture lightening in a bottle. The 1992 romantic-thriller was based on a 15 year-old script by Lawrence Kasdan, which was originally intended to star Steve McQueen and Diana Ross. However, the film managed to secure the then scorching-hot combination of Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, becoming a massive box office hit and a musical phenomenon in the process.
The Bodyguard saw Costner play Frank Farmer, former Secret Service agent who takes on the job of bodyguard to the singer/actress Rachel Marron (Houston). The Mick Jackson directed pic went on to gross $122 million at the US box office and more than $411 million globally.
The Bodyguard‘s original soundtrack is the top selling of all-time, having sold 45 million copies worldwide. The soundtrack won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year is certified 18 times Platinum and the songs Run to You and I Have Nothing were both nominated for Best Original Song at the Oscars. I Will Always Love You sold 8 million copies in the US and over 20 million copies worldwide.
Lawrence Kasdan will produce through Kasdan Pictures, and Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback are producing the new film which will be written by Matthew López, the Tony-nominated playwright behind The Inheritance.
Don’t expect this new incarnation of The Bodyguard to have the same cultural resonance as the original film – and don’t expect to see Kevin Costner involved.