Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G

Beach Blanket Bingo

I'm still catching up from all the stuff going down around Wizard World and my trip to Florida, so this little item zipped right past me.

They have greenlit a Baywatch movie.

No kidding.

Sure, I don't care (I think I'm one of the few people who didn't like Baywatch), but plenty of other people do, and this one just might work.

There have been a lot of attempts to get a movie version of the show off the ground (there are scripts by Jeremy Garelick and Peter Tolan floating around), but this one is actually solidifying.  It's going to star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson who confirmed his attachment last year, but is now seeing it take shape (Seven Bucks Productions, his production shingle, is involved, and producing partner Hiram Garcia is there in some capacity).  His co-star is going to be Zac Efron, of Neighbors and High School Musical fame.  The last version of the script was rumored to be that a shark attack off the beach prompts the Baywatch crew to investigate and discover a drug smuggling ring.  Well, that looks like it's gotten changed.  The latest draft is by Justin Malen (I would hate to be the WGA rep who has to determine who gets writing credits after all this time and work), and according to the Hollywood Reporter, will be about “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.”  The film is aiming for a comedy approach like the successful (and, IMHO, extremely funny) 21 Jump Street movies.  Seth Gordon, who directed King Of Kong, Horrible Bosses, and Identity Thief, is helming this one.

Hey, maybe it'll work.  And if it doesn't?  Well, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is still coming, so I think I'll find something I'll enjoy.
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