Warner Bros. is in the works on a new take on the 1992 film “The Bodyguard” starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, and the studio has hired Matthew López to write the screenplay, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
López is the writer of the Tony nominated play “The Inheritance,” and he’ll be tasked with updating the romantic drama “The Bodyguard,” which boasts the best-selling soundtrack album of all time, selling 45 million copies and that includes Houston’s mega hit “I Will Always Love You.” The film also grossed $411 million at the worldwide box office and was nominated for two Oscars.
No cast has been set for López’s version of “The Bodyguard,” which has been floating around with various screen combo ideas for years.
“The Bodyguard” is the story of a former Secret Service agent who takes the job protecting an R&B singer.
Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote the original film, will also produce for Kasdan Pictures, as will Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback. Rideback’s Nick Reynolds will executive produce.
López is represented by CAA, Grandview, and Gang, Tyre, Ramer, Brown & Passman.
Variety first reported the news.
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