Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief director Seth Gordon has signed on to direct Paramount's movie adaptation of the hit TV series Baywatch, which has Dwayne Johnson set to star. The actor has been attached to the project since October, when, ironically, Horrible Bosses 2 filmmakers Sean Anders and John Morris were set to direct. It is unclear at this point when production may begin, but the studio has been trying to get this project off the ground for many years.
The Baywatch movie has been in the works since July 2009, when Jeremy Garelick signed on to write and direct. A slew of writers have worked on the project between now and then, including Brian Gatewood & Alessandro Tanaka, Peter Tolan and Justin Malen. The writing team of Damian Shannon and Mark Swift wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay, which the studio is moving forward with.
The original Baywatch TV series ran from 1989 to 2001, spanning 243 episodes. The series starred David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, David Chokachi, Yasmine Bleeth and Gena Lee Nolin, centering on the personal and professional lives of a group of lifeguards. No specific plot details were given, but Variety claims that the studio wants to go "the comedic route" with this adaptation.
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Dwayne Johnson will star in and produce Baywatch alongside Beau Flynn and Hiram Garcia, but no production schedule was given. The actor is attached to star in the movie remake of the 1980s classic Big Trouble in Little China, the video game adaptation Rampage, and he is currently shooting Central Intelligence, set for release next summer. He is also slated to reprise his role as Hobbs in Fast & Furious 8.
Seth Gordon was originally set to make Sony's Uncharted, before dropping out of the action-adventure last month. Seth Gordon's other directorial credits include Four Christmases and the documentaries The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters and Freakonomics. Do you think Seth Gordon's involvement will finally get Baywatch moving in the right direction?