In a story from Variety Paramount Pictures has tapped Jeremy Garelick (The Hangover) to rewrite and direct Baywatch. This will be a bigscreen comedy that is based on the popular show about lifeguards who patrol the beaches of California.

This will be Garelick's directing debut. It also looks like this movie will get made due to the show's "built-in global brand awareness that studios look for in potential franchises."

Apparently, DreamWorks put up seven figures for the remake rights in 2005. The original screenplay from Jay Scherick and David Ronn was a straight up action film. Garelick was originally brought in to punch the project up.

"It felt like the template to do a movie that was similar to Stripes and Police Academy, the comedies I loved growing up," Garelick offered. "Rather than trying to pitch the tone, I figured it would be easier to write the first act to convey who these characters were."

Apparently, this new script now centers around two guys that you would never think would be lifeguards. They are dropped into the same world of hot bodies that populated the original television show.

Evan Jacobs