Dimension Films has acquired remake rights to “My Bodyguard,” the Tony Bill-directed pic about a kid who hires a burly schoolmate to dispatch the bullies who are making his life miserable. Jeffrey Lieber (“Tuck Everlasting”) has been set to write the script. John Davis, Marc Toberoff and J. Todd Harris are producing.
The original 1980 pic starred Adam Baldwin and Matt Dillon. It was financed by shopping mall magnate Melvin Simon, who sold the rights to another company. Toberoff collects remake rights to branded properties through his Intellectual Properties Worldwide label. IPW prexy Harris ran Davis’ specialty shingle and married the property with the “I, Robot” producer.
Execs Jeremy Kramer and Dan Levine will shepherd the project for the studio, and Wyck Godfrey, Brian Manis and Enrique Cerezo will exec produce the pic.