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How The Bodyguard Remake Will Change Whitney Houston’s Character

Tony Award winner Matthew Lopez offers new details on The Bodyguard remake, including the changes being made to the Whitney Houston character.

Tony Award winner Matthew Lopez offers new details on The Bodyguard remake, including the changes being made to the Whitney Houston character. Written by Star Wars vet Lawrence Kasdan and helmed by Mick Jackson, the original film centered on a former Secret Service agent as he is hired by the manager for a famous actress and singer to work as her bodyguard as she begins receiving death threats from an unknown stalker. Houston starred in the film alongside Kevin Costner, Gary Kemp, Bill Cobbs and Ralph Waite.

Hitting theaters in 1992, The Bodyguard was a box office smash upon release, becoming the second-highest grossing film of the year with $411 million worldwide. Critical reception was far lower, however, as it was panned for the lack of chemistry between its stars and over-melodramatic screenplay, receiving seven Razzie nominations and winning for Worst Picture, Worst Actor and Worst Actress. The film’s music would fare better with critics and audiences alike, becoming the best-selling soundtrack album with more than 45 million copies sold worldwide, two of the singles nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song and Houston winning three Grammy Awards for Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for “I Will Always Love You.”

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