The Rock to Lay the Smack Down on…’Baywatch?’

By October 3, 2014
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Eight-time WWE Champion Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has become quite a busy man in Hollywood. From becoming affixed to the lucrative Fast and the Furious franchise, starring as Hercules in the film of the same name, to being cast as DC Comics supervillain Black Adam in the upcoming Shazam! film, he has a lot on his plate. It sounds, though, like his plate is about to get a little more full, since it seems that he may help restart a franchise that’s been dead in the water for nearly 15 years: “Baywatch.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures is looking to revive “Baywatch” as a cinematic property, and has “loosely attached” Johnson to be the new film’s leading man. [Update: Johnson has confirmed he’s attached. See photo below.] The report goes on to say that the studio has been attempting to get a Baywatch film made “for years,” but has only recently begun aggressively pursuing talent to actually get it made. In addition to The Rock’s involvement, Paramount has recruited screenwriter Justin Malen to retool an existing script, as well as comedy writing duo Sean Anders and John Morris (We’re the Millers writers, Horrible Bosses 2 directors) to direct. Previous writers attached to the new film include Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up) and Peter Tolan (Analyze This), which apparently revolved around the Baywatch lifeguards being led to a drug-smuggling operation after investigating a series of shark attacks.

 

“This is my beach bitch!” Rumors are true… we’re making #BAYWATCH the movie. Edgy, raunchy and hopefully, funny as all hell. Cue slo mo running on the beach… #WhoNeedsMouthToMouth #RedShortsBeHugginABrotha

For those out of the know, “Baywatch” was a television series that ran for a total of 11 seasons, largely in syndication markets after a failed first year on NBC. It primarily revolved around a group of Los Angeles County lifeguards patrolling the area’s beaches, and is largely credited with catapulting the careers of celebrities like David Hasselhoff (post-“Knight Rider”) and Pamela Anderson. The show featured a rotating cast of lightly-clothed characters over the course of eleven seasons, the final two of which switched the setting to Hawaii in a cost-cutting measure. It was cancelled in 2001 after 242 episodes and a short-lived spin-off series. The primary cast reunited for a TV film, 2003’s “Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding,” before ultimately ending for good.

In addition to recently accepting the role of DC Comics supervillain/anti-hero Black Adam in an upcoming Shazam! film, Johnson is also set to star in two films for release next year: April’s Fast and Furious 7 (which was delayed due to the untimely death of Paul Walker), and June’s San Andreas, an action-adventure disaster film where he plays a rescue-helicopter pilot trying to save his daughter after a devastating earthquake rocks the entire state of California.

For more on the new Baywatch film as it develops, be sure to keep your eye on GeekNation.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.