We haven’t had a good, funny remake of a TV show in a while because, well, they usually suck. Hollywood seems to be taking the opposite approach to this trope of movie making by turning one of the least critically acclaimed shows of all time into a big screen remake with (this is true) Baywatch: The Movie.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson announced on his Instagram that he’ll be the star of the new Baywatch movie by sending out a picture of himself sitting on a jet ski. He’ll be taking the lead role of head lifeguard Mitch Buchannon, the role originally played by David Hasselhoff. He confirmed that the movie will be a comedy remake of the TV show by tweeting “Edgy, raunchy and hopefully, funny as all hell. Cue slo mo.”
The concept of a Baywatch comedy movie has been in the works for a long time. Tom Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, the creators of Comedy Central’s Reno 911, got the first crack at writing a script for a Baywatch remake that they called Baywatch: Red Tide. Their version would play up the unbelievably bad plots of the original TV show that actually included plot points like ghosts and a giant squid that kept stealing surfboards. The project’s been in development hell for awhile but now that a big screen movie star has been cast in the lead role, it sounds like it’s finally moving forward. We not only hope that it’s funny but that it also has a ton of beach babes in glorious slow motion.