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Warner Bros Remakes ‘The Bodyguard’

By | Wednesday February 23, 2011 @ 3:35pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros is rebooting its 1992 hit The Bodyguard, the film that paired Kevin Costner with Whitney Houston and became for its time one of the biggest global hits in studio history with a $411 million worldwide gross.

The film will be scripted by Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer, whose action comedy script Family Getaway made the 2010 Black List and is a priority project at Warner Bros. Dan Lin will produce through his Lin Pictures banner, and Mark Bauch is co-producer.

Scripted by Lawrence Kasdan and directed by Mick Jackson, the original was a fairly straight ahead tale of a Secret Service agent (Costner in a Steve McQueen homage, down to his hairstyle) drafted to protect a singing diva whose life has been threatened by a stalker, then falling for her in a way he fears is a distraction from his job. The new version is similar, including the love story, but here the bodyguard will be a former Iraq war veteran who gets the job protecting the star as his first gig after leaving the Army. He discovers that the world of Twitter, Google Maps and TMZ has made access to celebrities easier than ever, making the job more difficult than ever. The goal is to take a young female singer with global appeal and give her the platform that The Bodyguard did Houston.

It becomes the second music-driven remake for the studio, which just got a commitment from Clint … Read More »

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More Hollywood Agency Comings & Goings

By | Monday October 25, 2010 @ 5:55pm PDT

Clients giveth, and sometimes clients taketh away, too. I’ve just learned that ICM has signed Nigel Lythgoe, the executive producer of American Idol, away from CAA (which still reps the show, however). But Matt Bomer, the star of USA Network’s White Collar, and James Badge Dale, the star of AMC’s Rubicon, have left ICM to go to CAA. Meanwhile, I hear that Idris Elba, who is currently an ICM client, is taking meetings with the other major agencies. (Elba is the British actor who just signed to play Alex Cross in David Twohy’s Cross based on the James Patterson novels, and stars in the 6-part BBC mini-series Luther playing another maverick cop.) British comic Steve Coogan, who has the busy production company Baby Cow, has left UTA for CAA. Finally, former WME client Chris Offut, who wrote the Epix/Lionsgate pilot Tough Trade, has signed with ICM.

UPDATE: UTA has signed writer/director Bryan Bertino (The Strangers), and his producing partner Adrienne Biddle, away from CAA. Also signed Nick Palmer and Jeremiah Friedman who wrote Family Getaway.

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