You know, it's been 21 years since Baywatch first bounced onto our television screens (I'm counting its original 1989 launch rather than the 1991 one), so now it's officially old and retro cool. Which means it's getting a movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount has hired Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka to pen a screenplay for Baywatch: The Movie and have so much faith in it that it has a release date of Summer 2011. Jeremy Garelick is attached to direct.
DreamWorks had an eye to making a Baywatch movie in 2004, but now it's over at Paramount where a big screen remake has been brewing since last summer. (I like to think it was the back-up plan in case Star Trek failed. Bring on that other wildly successful tv show!) Paramount insiders insist it won't be a campy Starsky and Hutch remake / revamp, but something along the lines of Charlie's Angels. We are meant to be impressed that it will feature "female driven action" but somehow I think it'll be less about girl power and more about girl bounciness. It will probably walk the line of Charlie's Angels and Top Cow comics, and ostensibly be for girls, but feature a little too much T&A for female comfort.
But hey, I don't want to be a spoil sport. We all knew what the appeal of Baywatch was and always will be. To be fair, there were a few beefcakes to balance it all out. Maybe now that it's the 21st century, we can get a spin-off movie called Baywatch: Banana Hammocks. If they hire all those cast-off gladiators from Spartacus: Blood and Sand and shirtless werewolves from New Moon, it would break the Avatar record in one weekend.