I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried, folks. Not long after singer Rihanna was manhandled and beaten by her boyfriend (and fellow recording artist) Chris Brown comes word the gal may star in a remake of The Bodyguard, which originally starred Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner -- and will always be remembered for a crazy popular soundtrack that included Houston hits like "I Will Always Love You", "I Have Nothing" and "I'm Every Woman". The New York Daily News reports that Rihanna was in New York over the weekend taking meetings for the film (and a Charlie's Angels sequel, apparently), and that Channing Tatum's name is being tossed around with regards to the Costner role.
The original 1992 film told of a pop singer (Houston) who hires a bodyguard (Costner) after receiving threatening notes. Eventually the two forge a friendship, then a romance, and Houston belts out a few memorable tunes all while dodging the pitfalls of fame. After Rihanna's much-publicized domestic dispute with Brown, I've heard folks compare the singer to early Whitney, and so not only would this remake take in a boatload of money from the Step Up crowd, but it'd also be a little strange and true-to-life. I wonder if they'd add a "jealous, hot-tempered boyfriend" to the mix, and really go for that ripped-from-the-headlines vibe. What do you think? Is it time for someone to remake The Bodyguard? Would it be hard to remake a film known more for its soundtrack than anything else? And should they throw Chris Brown a cameo for the hell of it?