The Baywatch movie is one of those projects that has been kicking around Hollywood forever, looking for just the right team to tackle it head-on. That seems to be happening, with Dwayne Johnson taking the lead for Paramount. Yesterday, it was announced that Zac Efron will be The Rock's co-star in the beachside action comedy. Shortly after word hit the Internet, Dwayne Johnson sent out a few select Tweets of his own, with one big promise to moviegoers.
Yes, The Rock insists that this version of Baywatch will be Rated R, something fans have been hoping for. Some have been hesitant to share their excitement about the project, but now it sounds like Paramount might have a pretty strong franchise contender on its hands. The tone and sense of humor has been compared to 21 Jump Street and its sequel 22 Jump Street. And it sounds like CHiPs, which is being directed, written and co-stars Dax Shepard alongside Michael Pena, is taking the same route. Now that we know Baywatch will have an adult sense of humor, and won't be a PG-13 outing, things are seeming even more hopeful.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed yesterday that Zac Efron's casting ensures the movie will start production in early 2016, most likely in February. The news comes just a few weeks after Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) signed on to direct. At this time, no other cast has been confirmed. But we're sure to hear of a bevy of Baywatch babes set to come aboard at any minute.
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The story follows a "by-the-book and very serious lifeguard," played by Dwayne Johnson who joins forces with a "young rule-flouting hothead" (Zac Efron) to try and save their beach from environmental destruction by an oil tycoon. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Friday the 13th) wrote the latest draft of the screenplay, which was originally written by Justin Malen. It isn't known how many other major roles are left to be cast for Baywatch, but there have been rumors that original Baywatch stars David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson will reprise their roles in cameo appearances.
While this adaptation is going to be much more comedic than the original TV series, which ran for 11 seasons between 1989 and 2001, spanning 243 episodes. Baywatch is also said to have plenty of action elements. It is said that if the right balance between comedy and action can be struck, that Paramount may have a new franchise on its hands, when Baywatch hits theaters sometime in 2017. Are you looking forward to Zac Efron teaming up with Dwayne Johnson in Baywatch now that you know it will be R rated? We sure are! Check out Dwayne Johnson's tweets.