The Bodyguard is getting a remake, and writer Matthew López is explaining how it’s going to be different.
The 44-year-old The Inheritance scribe spoke to Variety about the highly discussed remake of the Whitney Houston-led film.
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He also revealed one of his first requests, which was approved.
“It’s so much fun. When Warner Bros. approached me about the idea, I quickly said I would but I wanted the protagonist to be Latina. They agreed to that,” he said.
“There’s been a lot of speculation about what I’d bring to the remake and some people were assuming that there’d be a gay storyline to it. Instead of focusing on an established star like the one Whitney Houston played, this is about a young Latina performer who has just become famous. It’s about how her life has changed because she is an overnight sensation. In the 21st century, that means she’s in immediate need of protection. It was important to me to use this opportunity to get Latin faces up on that screen and to get their stories told in a big way.”
The new movie will be inspired by the 1992 film starring Whitney and Kevin Costner, which grossed more than $400 million at the box office and has what is considered the bestselling movie soundtrack of all time.
Here’s how Bobby Brown reacted to the news of the remake.