‘The Bodyguard’ remake to have a new Whitney Houston

Updated: Feb 25, 2011, 17:15 PM IST

London: Movie chiefs are planning to remake `The Bodyguard` - and use it as a launch pad for a new chart sensation.

Whitney Houston starred as a pop singer in the original movie, with one of her tracks from the romantic thriller, ``I Will Always Love You``, going to No 1 around the world.

And the soundtrack has sold about 44 million copies - a record for a film.

Film bosses are now looking for a young female singer to play the lead in their version.

"The new film is similar, including the love story, but the bodyguard will be a former Iraq War veteran who gets the job protecting the star as his first gig after leaving the Army," the Mirror quoted a source close to the project as saying.

The new film will be made in the US by Warner Bros. and scripted by Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer.