All of Bollywood is buzzing with the latest Salman Khan starrer, Bodyguard with its much anticipated release this past weekend. The film has created box-office history by grossing nearly 88.75 crores in its 5 day opening weekend.
It may echo the name of the Whitney Houston starrer The Bodyguard in Hollywood territory, but let me tell you, Salman Khan’s film is much, much different. To eliminate any confusion, Bodyguard is in no way a remake or version of The Bodyguard. They are two totally different films, that happen to have a similar name.
Lately, Salman Khan’s film have been these fantastical, over the top, action packed thrillers that harp back to the retro-Bollywood days. While its great to see Salman Khan on screen, as he is one of Bollywood’s leading actors, his films require a lot of patience – especially during the moments where the buttons on his shirt magically pop off and his shirt mysteriously tears away from his body revealing his six-pack abs – similar to what we would see in an animated version of Hulk (Dabanng, anyone?).
In Bodyguard, we see his shirt zapped off too. Also note: the jumping biceps in the song trailer below. Classic Salman.
The recent announcement of The Bodyguard remake was met with a collective WTF. Seems that Rihanna heard the reaction because the huge rumour going around of her and Channing Tatum being approached to star can now be put to rest.
“I want to separate the two. I hate it when singers do singing movies all the time, because you can never look at them as anybody else. My whole life is playing Rihanna, [so] being a singer [in a film] won’t be a stretch for me.
You know what? I got nothing on this one. The whole idea of remaking what is basically the longest Whitney Houston music video ever is not the greatest idea and Rihanna bowing out the way she did is a really smart move.
Here’s hoping the next story is that the movie is not happening.
source - HollywoodNews.com.
I can’t even believe I am reporting on this.
I read this and I had to read it again.
Someone approved a remake of The Bodyguard?
Don’t they know the original one was basically the world’s longest music video for that song we all hate now?
What the hell is happening to the film industry. This is so pathetic that I am just going to put the Deadline article below because I guess one of you might be interested. Yes it’s lazy, it might even be journalistic cheating. Whatever.
At least Whitney Houston won’t be in it.
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 Eastwood to direct Beyonce. The studio is in the process of landing the male star.
Lin just wrapped Sherlock Holmes 2, and is producing with Kevin McCormick Gangster Squad, which Ruben Fleischer will direct. He is also developing the LEGO Movie, which has Phil Lord and Christopher Miller attached to direct. The scribes are repped by UTA and Mosaic.