Alright, I know what you’re thinking… this week’s announcement about a Baywatch movie is just another example of studios suddenly pouncing on anything even remotely connected to the ’80s, right? Well, the truth is, Baywatch was always more of a ’90s TV show (the original show ran from 1989 to 1999), and a Baywatch movie has actually been in development for a number of years now. Dreamworks acquired the rights back in 2004 and Jessica Simpson was apparently attached to star at one point. A few years later, a rumour surfaced indicating that Eli Roth was going to direct (sadly, he was only co-producing). Well, now it appears that the rights have changed hands once again over to Paramount, and they have secured a new writer-director who will finally give this show the big screen treatment it so rightly deserves.
According to Variety, Jeremy Garelick has been hired to “add some giggle to the jiggle” (their words, not mine). He will rewrite the script as a comedy, and will also make his directorial debut with the film. Garelick previously co-wrote the screenplay for the Vince Vaughn/Jennifer Aniston rom-com The Break-Up, and recently did an uncredited rewrite on The Hangover with Todd Phillips, which was reportedly a pretty major overhaul. I’m guessing it was his involvement in The Hangover that ultimately got him the job, along with his idea to re-envision the movie as something “similar to Stripes and Police Academy“. The new story will focus on two nerds who are trying to crack the team of hard body lifeguards. Sounds a lot like Phillips’s own big screen adaptation of Starsky & Hutch, right? Man, all the Baywatch fans are gonna be pissed!