Tony-nominated playwright Matthew Lopez of “The Inheritance” has been hired by Warner Bros. to write a remake of the iconic Whitney Houston film “The Bodyguard.”
The new movie will be inspired by the 1992 romantic drama, starring Houston and Kevin Costner. The original grossed more than $ 400 million at the worldwide box office and is considered the best-selling movie soundtrack of all time, along with several chart-topping original songs from Houston.
Lawrence Casdan of Casdan Pictures and Dan Lin and Jonathan Irish of Rideback are working on the new film. Rideback’s Nick Reynolds will be the executive producer. Kasdan was the original writer-producer. Lynn has been associated with the property since 2011, which has seen misleading speculation over the possible lead cast over the years. Combos floated from Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson to Channing Tatum and Cardi B. No cast was set for Lopez’s script at this stage.
Lopez has been replicated by CAA, Grandview and Gang, Tire, Rammer, Brown & Passman. “The Inheritance” premiered in 2018 at Young Vic in London, where it was hailed as “the most important American drama of the century”. It moved to the West End later that year and opened on Broadway in the fall of 2019.
The show has received the Olivier Award, Drama Desk Award, Evening Standard Theater Award, London Critics Circle Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award, Glad Media Award, WhatsUnstage Award and South Bank Award. Lopez is the first American Latin writer to win any of these awards for best play.
Lopez’s Broadway works include “The Whipping Man” and “The Legend of Georgia McBride.” Other works include “Somewhere” and “Riverburn” (Hartford Stage), “The Sentinels” (Headlong Theater, London) and “Joyce Perfect Wedding” (Denver Center). Lopez is currently co-composing the musical version of the classic film “Some Like It Hot”.
In October 2020, he signed an overall television development agreement with Amazon Studios. He is scripting a feature film adaptation of the novel “Leading Men”, which centers on “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” author Tennessee Williams and his longtime partner Frank Merlo. Luca Guadagnino and Peter Spears are creating that project for Searchlight.