The scantily clad Baywatch gang is back. After a decade away, Hollywood is bringing the popular TV series to theaters. Paramount has hired a new director to tackle their big-screen adaptation.
It’s been over 10 years since Baywatch has gone off the air. The series, which brought a new meaning to the phrase “boob tube,” was a cult phenomenon in the ’90s. Like everything these days, it’s set to return in the form of a feature film. Baywatch: The Movie is really happening.
Over the past year, there’s been talk of a film based on the defunct series. And this week, there’s been a breakthrough. According to Vulture, Paramount Pictures has hired a director to helm their comedic take on the show.
Robert Ben Garant, who’s best known for creating the Cops parody Reno 911!, has landed the job. He’s set to direct, but it hasn’t been confirmed whether or not he’ll rewrite the screenplay. The last time we checked, Peter Tolan (Rescue Me) had first dibs. His Baywatch script is said to be along the lines of Stripes, which is fitting considering its director (Ivan Reitman) is producing.
Recently, studios have had their fair share of hits and misses with TV adaptations. Earlier this year, they got a boost after Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum‘s R-rated 21 Jump Street became a box office hit. Maybe Baywatch will experience the same?
Baywatch made its television debut in 1989 with David Hasselhoff (Knight Rider) at the forefront. After a few cast changes including Nicole Eggert, Yasmine Bleeth and Pamela Anderson, it became an international sensation.
In 2003, several fan favorites reunited for the made-for-TV-movie, Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding.