Baywatch is something of a TV institution. Despite being canceled by NBC after only one season, thanks to David Hasselhoff’s dedication (along with Baywatch exec producers Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz and Greg Bonann), the show then ran in syndication for another ten years, playing in 148 different countries.
Talk of a Baywatch movie has been rife for years. Of course, the time for the original cast to reprise their roles has long since passed, but various ideas have surfaced on and off, including the 2009 rumor that it would be a comedy written and directed by Jeremy Garelick. Nothing has ever come to fruition though, and the last that was really heard about the film was in October 2014, when it was announced that Dwayne Johnson would star with Sean Anders and John Morris (We’re the Millers) directing from a script by Justin Malen (Bad Teacher 2).
While the rights for the movie remain at Paramount, Variety is now reporting a change in director for the Baywatch movie, though Johnson is still attached to star. Seth Gordon, whose directorial slate includes Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief, is now in negotiations to direct the project. Gordon has most recently served as executive producer on the Adam Sandler starring Pixels (read our review here). The most recent draft of the script has been penned by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Friday the 13th (2009)) and is thought to still be within the comedic genre.
It seems as though Baywatch is a film that is taking very small steps towards production. Whether this latest announcement means things are finally in motion remains to be seen, but the fact that Johnson is still attached to the project nearly a year after being announced is a good sign, as is the possible recruitment of Gordon, who has experience within the style that the Baywatch movie hopes to emulate - namely that of the slightly silly, R-rated comedy.
Johnson has a packed schedule right now, with five movies announced for 2016 (including Central Intelligence and Moana), as well as Furious 8 and possibly Rampage in 2017, and then Warner Bros./DC's Shazam! in 2019. The question is, if this film does ever get to see the light of day, will anyone still want to watch?
We will keep you updated with Baywatch movie news as it develops.