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Seth Gordon Lands Gig to Direct 'Baywatch' Starring Dwayne Johnson

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July 24, 2015
Source: THR

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Another day, another remake. This time Paramount is finally putting together an update "big-screen take" on the 90s TV show that originally starred David Hasselhoff & Pamela Anderson. THR reports Paramount has set director Seth Gordon, of Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses, Four Christmases and The King of Kong, to take on the new Baywatch which is also set to star Dwayne Johnson. Johnson has been attached since late last year, and the project has been gestating for at least a decade. We've been hearing about some rumblings and rumors of a Baywatch movie forever, but now it sounds like they're pushing forward with it (another name brand project, of course) with Gordon in negotiations to take the job directing. I'm intrigued.

Paramount's new take on a Baywatch movie has been in the works for years. The script has undergone many revisions and the latest iteration is by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. THR says that producers Beau Flynn and Ivan Reitman feel like "they are very close and hope that Gordon can bring it to the production starting line". In addition, they're going for a feeling similar to that of 21 Jump Street, which is why they like Seth Gordon, who has been making a name for himself in mainstream comedies in recent years. "The story centers on a by-the-book and very serious lifeguard (Johnson) 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." Production is aiming for 2016, so stay tuned for additional updates from here. Anyone want this?

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1

Alexandra Daddario or gtfo

eurogibbon on Jul 24, 2015

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( . ) ( . )

DAVIDPD on Jul 24, 2015

3

Sure, why the hell not? With the right people involved it could be the next 21 Jump Street, which is one of my favorite comedies of all time (along with its sequel). People shouldn't be so cynical and hateful all the time, give this ridiculous idea a chance. It could be good. Nobody thought 21 Jump Street would work and look how that turned out.

davidshaw on Jul 24, 2015

4

That's the only way I would even consider watching this.

RAW_D on Jul 24, 2015

5

Hopefully Hasselhoff make an appearance...

TheOct8pus on Jul 24, 2015

6

Even with a cameo from Hasselhoff, im sure he'll steal the show.

Cyberdine on Jul 24, 2015

7

it's a perfect role for the rock, he can show his well crafted body and no guy will complain seeing nice babes in a swimsuit. But I am definitely will not see this, because I disliked the original show... They should do a sequel of the a team movie again, I liked that one!

ari smulders on Jul 24, 2015

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JUST when you think Dwayne is gradually moving to a B-list actor, he goes and agrees to do something like this and drops him back down to C/D level.

Cyberdine on Jul 24, 2015

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Just when you think Dwayne is gradually moving to a B-list actor, he goes and agrees to do something like this.... AND TOTALLY REDEEMS HIMSELF! (Not really, but I couldn't pass up the chance to use that line.)

kevjohn on Jul 26, 2015

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Funny.

Cyberdine on Jul 27, 2015

11

The Rock better check himself. Almost to the point of official over exposure. Many would say he is WAY past that point.

DAVIDPD on Jul 24, 2015

12

Many are not his agent. Many didn't turn him from WWE start to movie star. Many don't know shit.

dr pepper on Jul 27, 2015

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I agree. Like I said in a previous post, I remember the time when everyone liked Will Smith...now, personally speaking, he even made me cringe watching the "Suicide Squad" trailer. (He was sooo "Will Smith"). I guess the business and public is so fickle that actors (and all kinds of stars) feel like they have to strike when the iron is hot, but it is sad when they wear out their welcome.

kitano0 on Jul 27, 2015

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Did not care for the TV show, don't care for this. I don't need to see the Rock jogging down the beach in slow motion, giving mouth to mouth to the obligitory "hot chick", only to have them give a new spin to the story by giving Dwayne a machine gun and a grenade launcher to wreck havoc on oil tycoons.

theslayer5150 on Jul 25, 2015

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Watching a drunk David Hasselhoff eating a hamburger is far more appealing than watching this. I think I'll head over to youtube right now.

Charles Knowlton on Jul 25, 2015

16

I'm starting to wonder where does this ends? I mean, nostalgia will wear out soon, and what happens after that? Are we going to reboot/remake Fast and Furious, Twilight, Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings, The Matrix, Transporter, The Expendables..?

capitandelespacio on Jul 29, 2015

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