Bill Hader is Taking the Hasslehoff Role in Garant's 'Baywatch' Movie?
Last fall we learned that "Reno 911!" creator and Night at the Museum franchise writer Robert Ben Garant was going to direct a film version of the TV series Baywatch with a script from "Rescue Me" writer Peter Tolan. Now The Wrap has learned from Garant that "Saturday Night Live" cast member and Superbad and Paul co-star Bill Hader is taking the lead role originated by David Hasslehoff on the original TV series. However, The Hoff himself will still make a cameo in the film along with 90s babe Pamela Anderson. The film is said to be in the same vein as Garant's faux "Cops" TV show as a team of lifeguards on the Malibu coast investigate an oil rig that turns out to be a meth lab. Now that sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun.
I'm guessing the style ofthe film will lie somewhere in between "Reno 911!" and The Brady Bunch Movie when it comes to adapting the TV show. Either way, it will no doubt be a tongue-in-cheek comedy, and it'd be nice if it turned out to be like 21 Jump Street, especially with Hader on board as the star. Garant said Paramount Pictures is so excited about the project that they had them shoot a trailer and the script isn't even finished yet (which is the same thing they did with Anchorman: The Legend Continues last year). The studio is looking at an April production start which should make it prime for release next summer. Cool?
UPDATE: Well, in the short time it took me to write this story after the news broke, Collider has asked Garant and Hader's representatives about this news and they've denied it. We're not sure where The Wrap got this information, but maybe they just don't want the secret out yet? Stay tuned as this project develops.