Watch Now: THE BODYGUARD
Inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay for what would later become The Bodyguard as early as in 1975, believing it was the first good script he had written. The project, unfortunately, had to go through development hell that lasted until Kevin Costner, who worked with Kasdan on Silverado, read the script, liked it and got influential enough to be able to push it forward. In 1991, it was announced that Costner and Whitney Houston were going to star, and English filmmaker Mick Jackson settled into the director’s chair. When The Bodyguard came out in November 1992, it became the second highest-grossing film of the year, right after Disney’s Alladin.
Kasdan and Jackson’s romantic thriller is a melodramatic story of a successful actress and singer Rachel Marron in need of professional protection due to incoming death threats sent to her by a stalker. Her manager decides to hire a professional bodyguard Frank Farmer. Initially disliking each other, the two of them steadily become much closer and develop an intimate relationship, all the while trying to figure out where the danger is actually coming from. The Bodyguard wasn’t all that enthusiastically received by the critics back in the day, but it became a pop-cultural landmark and a reference point, much like Whitney Houston’s unbelievably popular cover of Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You made specifically for this film.