There is going to be a Baywatch movie. This is a fact and you should not avoid it. The good news is Paramount realizes it needs to be a comedy and not a so serious it’s awful drama like the TV show. The other good news? Reno 911 co-creator Robert Ben Garant is probably going to direct.
Vulture is reporting Paramount has hired Garant to direct the film from Peter Tolan’s (Rescue Me) script. Now, Garant is also a writer, so I imagine he’ll take a pass at the script and add some of his own unique humor. Tolan has said his script similar in tone to Stripes. Ivan Rietman, who just happens to have directed Stripes, is on as producer.
What do you think of this news? I can honestly say I’ve never seen an episode of Baywatch, so I really couldn’t care less about a movie based on it. I can say Garant’s involvement piques my interest.
I hope, should Garant decide to touch up the script, he brings in his writing partner (and the other creator of Reno 911) Thomas Lennon. My other hope is the movie turns out more like Reno and less like Herbie Fully Loaded, which the duo also wrote.