Stage Musical Version of Costner/Houston "Bodyguard" Film in the Works
05 Jun 2009
A stage musical version of the 1992 film "The Bodyguard," which starred Kevin Costner as a former Secret Service agent who takes on the role of bodyguard to a pop singer, played by Whitney Houston, is being planned.
According to a report in London's Daily Mail, producer David Ian – currently represented in the West End by his production of Grease and who co-produced the recent revival of The Sound of Music at the London Palladium – is negotiating for the stage rights with Costner, who co-produced the original film, and Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote it.
The idea is reportedly to include the songs that were featured in the film, including "I Will Always Love You," "Jesus Loves Me," "Queen of the Night," "Trust in Me" and "It's Gonna Be a Lovely Day."
The current schedule is for the musical to open in 2012.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.