Paramount Moving Forward with a Comedic Baywatch Movie

July 7, 2009


If you follow the industry, you heard all about that executive shakeup at Paramount a few weeks ago (read about it here). Well, one of the first projects that new president Adam Goodman is looking to put on the fast-track is a big screen version of "Baywatch." Yep, you heard that right. We've got "A-Team" and "T.J. Hooker" movies in the works, why the hell not "Baywatch" too? Paramount hired Jeremy Garelick, of Is This Your Mother? and The Break-Up, to rewrite and direct the feature. The original script, written by Jay Scherick and David Ronn in 2005, was too "heavy on action," so they hired Garelick to turn it into a comedy.

"It felt like the template to do a movie that was similar to Stripes and Police Academy, the comedies I loved growing up," Garelick told Variety. "Rather than trying to pitch the tone, I figured it would be easier to write the first act to convey who these characters were." He pitched half of the rewrite to Paramount even though he has never actually seen the original TV show. In addition to writing the script for The Break-Up, Garelick did an uncredited rewrite of The Hangover and has two other scripts sold as well - Murray at Large and The Insane Laws. This guy already sounds like a screenwriter I'm not going to like very much.

The new Baywatch 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. I already know exactly what this is going to be like - and I'm already sick. "Baywatch" is one of those shows that is meant to stay a campy 90's classic forever and shouldn't show up in any media form ever again, except for movies like Borat. This falls right in line with that stupid Three Stooges movie from the Farrelly Brothers - it shouldn't be made.

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If it has women running in slowmotion, i'll be at the cinema

Ryan on Jul 7, 2009


Nothing about Chip's???

soloparolesparse on Jul 7, 2009


I saw this one - it's called "son of the beach"

matt on Jul 7, 2009


That was a show... So, hot girls, big boobs, slow motion. Oh, it'll make money! lol Just because, The Hoff and Anderson and Yasmine, heck all the girls need to have a cameo. Sounds like American Pie type movies. o0o0o, I know, that stupid um...where the football guys go to cheer camp. Probably shitty comedy like that. Oh the horror. Still, slow motion and running, could make up for it. lol

w00t!!! on Jul 7, 2009


Terrible idea! I smell a huge stink bomb. This reminds me of the way "Starsky and Hutch" was made, a so called comedy---STUPID comedy! @3 You're right, it was "Son of the Beach"! ****They need to follow the "Star Trek" template! Question for the filmmakers: How many films made from TV shows have translated into box office success that wasn't "Star Trek", "Mission: Impossible", and maybe "The Adams Family"??

Blue Silver on Jul 7, 2009


....and "Transformers" was a cartoon! 😀

Blue Silver on Jul 7, 2009


Hard to believe they could screw this up, but it sounds like they will. This guy just became the new president of Paramount and this is the first thing he wanted made? I guess the best thing to do now is speculate how which actresses they will get for this that will be completely wrong.

Moviegimp on Jul 7, 2009


I'm laughing to hard...

Bry from Chi on Jul 7, 2009


Megan Fox?????? she allready did a slow running preview in Transformers ROTF

zach on Jul 7, 2009


you mean it was a serious show to begin with?

wm on Jul 7, 2009


Dang It! Somebody beat me to the Son of the Beach comparison. I guess this may be the closest we'll ever get to a Son of the Beach movie?

Mega Jet Jaguar on Jul 7, 2009

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