The Baywatch Movie Won't Follow the TV Show; Also, There's Going to Be a Baywatch Movie
Posted 09.18.11 by Ryan
Television shows continue to be a resource for movie studios, with next year seeing the release of the big-screen versions of '70s gothic soap opera Dark Shadows and undercover cop show 21 Jump Street. Could Baywatch be next? Writer-director Peter Tolan, fresh off the final season of the FX show Rescue Me, recently admitted that he has turned in a Baywatch script to Paramount.
The fact that a Baywatch movie was even being developed is likely news for most, but a movie version has been slowly unfolding for years. Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, who has a producing deal with Paramount, has been helping in the development of a Baywatch movie, telling THR in March that they didn't "have a script that’s makeable" but admitted the movie "is a comedy, and I think we have a very interesting take — a classical idea that will be fresh for the world audience."
What that means we're not sure, but Tolan may have finally delivered the draft that Reitman was looking for. While appearing on The Matthew Aaron Show podcast (via JoBlo), Tolan said that his script was "definitely a comedy" that is "not camp" that follows two "screw-off" guys who enter into a lifeguard program that was written in the spirit of Stripes, which, coincidentally, Reitman directed. Curiously, however, Tolan said that the movie won't be based on the actual TV show.
It's not based on the show in any way, though there are a couple of winks at the show, but that's about it. It's a whole new idea and characters and stuff like that...I don't know anything about the show. I didn't watch it in preparation for writing this.
While Tolan may be ignoring the TV show, he has written parts for both David Hasselhoff and Pam Anderson, only they won't be playing Mitch and C.J., the respective characters the two characters they actors portrayed on the Baywatch series.
So, in summary, there is a Baywatch movie in the works, but it may have no resemblance to the TV show that ran through the 1990s? Ok, got it. That reminds us, if they're going to make a Baywatch movie, there are a few other TV shows we'd like to see as movies as well.