Let the slow-motion running begin!
Here's yet another TV show that is being turned into a movie. Paramount has brought on Jeremy Garelick to helm the bigscreen adaptation of the long running television series Baywatch. Garelick, who wrote the 2006 comedy The Break Up, and most recently did an uncredited rewrite to this years smash hit The Hangover, is a also being tapped to rewrite the Baywatch script, injecting comedy into the action heavy script written by Jay Scherick and David Ronn.
Although Garelick has never watched the original TV show(not a good sign for fans), he saw an opputunity to turn the movie into broad comedy. As opposed to the unintentional comedy provided by the original show, which centered on a group of muscle clad lifeguards on a crowded beach resort. Garelick said of the original script, that...
It felt like the template to do a movie that was similar to 'Stripes' and 'Police Academy,' the comedies I loved growing up. Rather than trying to pitch the tone, I figured it would be easier to write the first act to convey who these characters were.
Variety reports that the script now focuses on two unlikely lifeguard candidates trying to catch on alongside the buff bodies that will be as abundant in the film as they were in the TV series.
So Baywatch is the latest casualty of the TV to movie remakes currently in the works, joining the likes of The A-Team and T.J Hooker, The original Baywatch show starred David Hasselhoff, and served as a launching pad for hotties such as Yasmin Bleeth, Gina Lee Nolin, and Pamela Anderson. The show also spawned off several spin offs and TV movies. The world-wide awareness of this brand is huge. So no matter how bad this could be, it will probably still rake in the dough.
There's no doubt that the movie will enlist several of Hollywood's best beach bodies. But in staying true to the original, let's hope they can't act their way out of a paperbag... it just wouldn't feel right otherwise. More importantly, will the Hoff be back?
So do what you guys think of a Baywatch movie coming over the horizon?