Reports have surfaced that the movie “The Bodyguard” is to be remade and producers are looking for a young diva to take the lead female role – Charice perhaps?
Warner Bros have announced that they have already appointed producers – Dan Lin (Terminator Salvation) and Mark Bauch – for a modernized version of the 19-year-old flick. They have also appointed newcomers Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer as writers, who together wrote last year’s release “Family Getaway.”
The original movie starred Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston in a love story that saw the bodyguard fall for the rich, famous, tough but really rather vulnerable chart-topping singer played by Houston.
It is still regarded as one of the biggest movies of the 90s, grossing some $400 million worldwide and, while it was critically slammed, winning over the public chiefly because of a soundtrack that boasts “I Will Always Love You,” “I Want To Run To You,” and “I Have Nothing.”
Casting hasn’t begun yet, although Rhianna has been mooted as a likely replacement for Whitney Houston’s role of Rachel Marron. But what about Charice in the role? A crazy thought? Well, before you dismiss the idea, let’s consider some facts.
Chasters already know that Charice is no stranger to the film set, with her impressive arrival on American TV on the musical-comedy phenomenon “Glee” winning her plaudits, and her cameo appearance on the 2009 Chipmonks movie, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” also catching the eye.
In the Philippines, she has also appeared in some TV shows. In 2008, she appeared as herself in an episode titled “Ice Cream” in the Philippine’s longest-running TV drama, “Would You Remember?” and early last year, she appeared as a choir member in another popular Philippine TV drama, “There Is Still Tomorrow.”
There is also the issue of global appeal, with Houston at the pinnacle of her career when the movie first hit the screens in 1992. Charice is only at the start of her global career, but with filming not expected to happen until 2012 and post production perhaps later next year or even 2013, the 21-year-old (by May, 2013) could be as big a name by the time of the movie’s release.
Another factor to consider is the singing quality of the leading lady. Houston had a powerful voice that propelled the movie soundtrack to diamond status in the US with 17 million sales, and to an astounding 42 million sales worldwide.
However, Charice has made “The Bodyguard Medley” her own during her time on the David Foster & Friends Tour, and has been compared to Whitney Houston so favorably that some have suggested she’s even better that the original diva!
There is no debate about her ability to perform the powerful ballads, and if a voice alone was to sell a soundtrack, Charice’s voice is most definitely it.
Of course, since it will be a remake, certain aspects will change, with one confirmed changes being a Gulf War veteran taking the job of bodyguard and discovering how difficult it is to protect a popstar, instead of a washed-up former secret service agent.
There could also be a change in music, but for marketing purposes alone, it’s hard to see the old favorites being cast aside. And besides, Charice has already proven herself in RnB and dance too.
Washington DC, USA, April 13 – One of Charice’s finest performances, her appearance at the Childhelp 50th anniversary celebration event in Washington in April saw her sing the Bodyguard Medley. This is one of her most sought after songs, and the depth of heart in this rendition wooed the audience. Hitting the high notes with power and precision, she had those in the Warner Theater on the feet before their heads even noticed it.
This is all only speculation, but do you think that Charice would be a good choice for the remake? Leave your comments and let us know what you think. And if you don’t think “The Bodyguard” is her thing, what movie do you think she would be great in?
By Robert Sheen, Charicemania.com