Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, you really need to stop watching all those Shark Week shows, Paramount has put its Baywatch movie back on track. Writer Justin Malen has been brought in to write an original or touch up the previous s attempts script. The comedy writing team of Sean Anders and John Morris (We’re the Millers) are said to be co-directing. Is co-directing a thing now? Anders just wrapped up directing Horrible Bosses 2 so we’ll have a clear indication concerning Anders comedic directing skills. The question I keep asking myself is, “Why the hell is the Rock involved?”
Now I really enjoyed We’re the Millers, but I’m having a hard time seeing how Baywatch can capture that comedic magic. My fear is that the film will try to walk that fine line between serious and comedy so that it never really connects with either side of the fence. Baywatch was already a campy show, seriously, how many Life Guards do you know that break up drug cartels or save drowning presidents?
The Rock made the announcement of his involvement using a combination of his Instagram and Twitter accounts:
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 3, 2014
So we’re going to get a grittier reboot of Baywatch, go figure. Although this news does raise my hopes for a grittier, darker reboot of Full House.
There’s no word on any role or cameo for David Hasselhoff yet, but it’s only a matter of time. He’ll be in there somewhere. My guess is if he gets a larger role, he’ll either be the old school Life Guard, perhaps the regional head of Life Guards, or he’ll play a bad guy drug dealer. If it’s just a cameo then who knows.
This isn’t the first time a Baywatch movie has been making a little noise in Hollywood. An earlier version had the Baywatch Life Guards involved in sharks and drugs:
At one point the action was set to revolve around a series of shark attacks that led the Baywatch team to investigate a drug-smuggling operation.
Whether Malen will touch up that script or write an entirely new one is unclear at this point, but with Johnson more firmly in the picture, I’d expect this script to be more action oriented.
Will this be another Toothfairy type movie for Johnson or will it lean more toward Pain & Gain?