Reboot has been in the works since 2004, but now seems to be moving forward
The long-promised Baywatch movie has reportedly acquired a director.
According to Vulture, Robert Ben Garant has been hired to helm the big screen reboot. Garant is best known as the co-writer of Night At The Museum and writer-director of sports comedy film Balls Of Fury.
Baywatch, the legendary TV series about LA lifeguards, ran for 242 episodes from 1989 to 2001. During its heyday, the show became known for its slow-motion shots of Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff running across the beach in eye-catching red swimwear.
A movie version has been in the works since 2004, but finally seems to be making some progress. This June it was reported that Justin Timberlake was being lined up to don a pair of red Speedos.
Meanwhile, Hasselhoff has confirmed that he will make a guest appearance as himself. Discussing the movie in July, the actor promised a “cool, updated version” of the original TV series.
The big screen reboot is being produced by Ivan Reitman, whose CV includes Ghostbusters, Twins and Kindergarten Cop.The film already has a script by Peter Tolan, co-writer of Analyze This and America’s Sweethearts.
Discussing his script last year (2011), Tolan said: “It’s not based on the show in any way, though there are a couple of winks at the show… I don’t know anything about the show. I didn’t watch it in preparation for writing this.” However, it is thought that Garant, an experienced screenwriter, would want to put his own spin on the project.