New ‘Baywatch’ Movie Bouncing Towards Being A Comedy

By  · Published on July 7th, 2009

And you thought the original TV show was already a comedy…

It seems the producers of the upcoming Baywatch feature film want to make an intentional comedy this time. According to Variety, Jeremy Garelick has been brought on-board to “punch up” the script written by David Ronn and Jay Scherick back in 2005. Garelick may not be a recognizable name just yet, but he reportedly did an uncredited rewrite on The Hangover, and we all know how that turned out… probably the funniest movie of the year. He also wrote The Break-Up for whatever that’s worth. The good news for Garelick is that in addition to the re-writing gig Paramount has also offered him the director’s chair.

The original script was apparently heavy on the action set-pieces, but Garelick’s new version focuses on two unlikely lifeguard trainees instead. “It felt like the template to do a movie that was similar to Stripes and Police Academy, the comedies I loved growing up,” he said. Those are both great movies (varying levels of greatness, but still) but can that kind of comedy still work today?

The last time we here at FSR reported on the Baywatch movie was back in 2006 when Jessica Simpson’s breasts were being floated for the role of C.J. (the role that Pamela Anderson first breathed life into). It’s doubtful that Simpson will still be involved (sorry Fure) so the question becomes who will fill Anderson’s ample… well, you know where I’m going here right?

Would you actually go see a Baywatch movie in the theater? And who should play the iconic role?

Rob Hunter has been writing for Film School Rejects since before you were born, which is weird seeing as he's so damn young. He's our Chief Film Critic and Associate Editor and lists 'Broadcast News' as his favorite film of all time. Feel free to say hi if you see him on Twitter @FakeRobHunter.