‘Baywatch’ Movie Shifts From Unintentional Comedy To Legitimate Comedy

I never really “tuned in” for “Baywatch” back in the 90s, but it occasionally found its way onto my TV screen. Whenever that odd circumstance arose, it would always be an occasion for loud, uproarious laughter. Which isn’t to say that the show is written as a comedy. That’s just how it plays.

Well the property belongs to Paramount now, and the studio has given Jeremy Garelick the job of producing a script. Garelick has exactly one feature-length screenplay under his belt, the Vince Vaughn/Jennifer Aniston-led rom-com “The Break-Up.” Variety’s report states that Paramount intends for the “Baywatch” movie to be a “bigscreen comedy.” The series certainly had its light-hearted moments, but it was more action/drama-oriented than anything else.

If intentional comedy is in the cards for a theatrical adaptation of “Baywatch,” Garelick represents an interesting choice. “The Break-Up” is smartly written and even serves up some edgy comedy, but it is nothing approaching a gutbuster. Variety reveals that Garelick also delivered an uncredited re-write of “The Hangover” script to Todd Philips; I hadn’t heard that before, but it certainly supports Garelick’s competence as a comedy writer.

Garelick’s own words on the subject certainly give me hope for the future of a “Baywatch” adaptation. “It felt like the template to do a movie that was similar to ’Stripes’ and ’Police Academy,’ the comedies I loved growing up,” he said.

You may notice there that the writer is speaking in the past tense. The rights were once owned by DreamWorks, which spent big money for it in 2005. An action-oriented original script was written by Jay Scherick and David Ronn. Garelick tweaked the the first 37 pages, which was enough to land him the new gig.

“Rather than trying to pitch the tone, I figured it would be easier to write the first act to convey who these characters were,” he said. The new story, as Variety describes it, follows a pair of “unlikely lifeguard candidates trying to catch on alongside the buff bodies that will be as abundant in the film as they were in the TV series.”

“Baywatch: The Movie”? What do you think of that? Is David Hasselhoff a necessary component for any such project? Pamela Anderson?