“Horrible Bosses” director Seth Gordon may be hitting the beach with Dwayne Johnson in Paramount Pictures’ long-planned adaptation of “Baywatch.”
The Hollywood Reporter notes the project, based on the long-running lifeguard drama, has been in development for more than a decade, with the studio unable to settle on a story or tone. Now pegged as an action-comedy in the vein of “21 Jump Street,” “Baywatch” centers on a by-the-book lifeguard (Johnson) who’s forced to team with a rule-breaking hothead to save their beach from an oil tycoon.
The script has passed through the hands of more than a dozen writers — most recently Damian Shannon and Mark Swift — but it’s now at the point that Paramount is prepared to move forward.
Johnson has been “loosely attached” to the film since October, when “Horrible Bosses 2” directors Sean Anders and John Morris were set to step behind the camera. No explanation is given for their departures.
Airing from 1989 to 2001, first on NBC and then in syndication, “Baywatch” was a starring vehicle for David Hasselhoff, and propelled the careers of Pamela Anderson, Nicole Eggert, David Chokachi, Yasmine Bleeth and Jason Momoa, among others.
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