Seth Gordon, director of Horrible Bosses and The Identity Thief, is reportedly in talks to direct a Baywatch movie starring Dwayne Johnson.
Johnson confirmed on Instagram last October that he is attached to star in a big screen remake of the classic lifeguard TV series. “This is my beach bitch!” Rumors are true… we’re making #BAYWATCH the movie,” he wrote at the time. “Edgy, raunchy and hopefully, funny as all hell. Cue slo mo running on the beach… #WhoNeedsMouthToMouth #RedShortsBeHugginABrotha”
Though exact plot details are unknown, Variety reports that Paramount wants Gordon to deliver a more obviously comedic take on Baywatch than the TV series, which was often spoofed but mostly played it straight.
Baywatch originally ran for 242 episodes between 1989 and 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 film version has been in the works for several years and Hasselhoff, an executive producer on the TV show, has said in the past he is keen to be involved.