According to CinemaBlend by way of Deadline, a remake of the 1992 film “The Bodyguard” is in the works. According to Deadine, screenwriters Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer, who wrote the unproduced blacklist script “Family Getaway”, will write the new “Bodyguard” script for Warner Brothers.

If you recall, the original film starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston, the plot revolving around a slightly spoiled singer (Houston) who retains the services of an ex-Secret Service member as her bodyguard. Through the film, which is a big vehicle for Houston’s mega-watt voice, the two characters learn about what it means to truly be in love.

The film also followed a “revolutionary” train of thought that swirled around in the early nineties because it was one of several films in the early-to-mid ’90s to feature interracial romances, one of the most prominent being Spike Lee’s 1991 hit “Jungle Fever” and 1995’s “Waiting to Exhale”, also starring Whitney Houston.

Now for my two cents: since the film was breaking new ground in the “black/white relationship” sense, the remake could either follow the same set formula–black singer, white bodyguard–or, even more revolutionary ground could be broken since black/white relations movies are handled in almost cliche ways now. Like, it would be interesting to see a “Bodyguard” that had two men or two women in the lead roles. But all of this conjecture is neither here nor there, mostly because I have an educated guess that Beyonce will more than likely be approached about the role, given who she is.

Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard
Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard

By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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