Let’s face it, Baywatch may have tried to play itself seriously, but David Hasselhoff’s long-running 90’s lifeguard “drama”, with it’s melodramatic stories, constant continuity gaffs, and scantily clad characters who have more to offer with their vital statistics than their acting, was always good for a laugh. And of course, there was the running.
Well, when it comes to the long-gestating feature film reboot of the cult TV series, you can probably expect to see lots of both – laughing and running, that is. First announced back in 2004, the last we heard was that human franchise viagra Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was looking to star in a reboot for Paramount. That has now been confirmed, and THR are also reporting that the studio have tapped Horrible Bosses helmer Seth Gordon to direct.
Gordon, with his R-rated comedy chops, may just be a great choice for this, as reports are that the movie will be following in the same vein as the recent 21 Jump Street big-screen reboot, in which a rather cheesy TV series was turned into a totally self-aware action comedy meta-parody. Getting this mocking tone just right was apparently the biggest hold up to the movie, but producers Beau Flynn and Ivan Reitman (yes, the same Ivan Reitman behind just about all your favourite 80’s movies like Ghostbusters 2 and Meatballs) think that with Gordon on board, that they’ve finally nailed it.
According to an older Instagram post from “The Rock”, this new Baywatch is looking to be “Edgy, raunchy and hopefully, funny as all hell”. He also seemingly goes on to make fun of the fact that for a show about lifeguards, the cast of the original Baywatch spent more time getting involved in terrorist plots and the like, instead of doing actual lifeguarding, as he included the hashtag #WhoNeedsMouthToMouth.
This new Baywatch movie has seen numerous writers taking a crack at it over the years, but the latest draft is by screenwriting duo Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Friday the 13th, Freddy vs Jason) and will see Johnson as “a by-the-book and very serious lifeguard who is forced to team up with a young rule-flouting hothead in order to save their beach from environmental destruction at the hands of an oil tycoon.” Oil? Judging by the history of the show, I would have thought it would have something to do with silicone!
No other actors are attached yet – so yes, Darryn, there’s still time for you and your high-cut red bikini to make the auditions – and the production is eyeballing a 2016 start date. And just because I’m not going to be the only one with the damn Baywatch theme song stuck in my head today, here’s a little blast from the past!
Last Updated: July 28, 2015