Back in 1989 NBC aired a certain action drama series that was canceled after but one season. However, following a one-year season hiatus the show returned in syndication thanks to the efforts of its lead star David Hasselhoff, who became an executive producer of the show during its syndicated run. Said run would last an impressive 10 more seasons straight from 1991 to 2001. This was “Baywatch”, an exciting and rather sexy story revolving around a unit of the Los Angeles County Lifeguard, chronicling their adventures on the job, their personal lives and the relationships between them and others. But really, a lot of people must’ve tuned in to the show to see hot and hunky bodies in fetching swimsuits. It’s true. Interestingly the series finally ended its run at the in the face of the finally-widespread internet and accessible “questionable imagery”. Make of that what you will.
Anyway, some 16 years after the series finale (14 after the reunion TV movie), it seems high time to return to the beaches of Malibu once again, as Paramount Pictures gears up to present a feature-length reboot of the show, set to star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (as of this writing wowing audiences with his voice as Maui in Disney’s “Moana”) and Zac Efron (“High School Musical”, “Hairspray” and “Dirty Grandpa”). Johnson will portray Hasselhoff’s old character LACL Lieutenant Mitch Buchannon while Efron is lifeguard Matt Brody (season 3-5 regular).
Some of the film’s plot details have been revealed in a trailer released last December 8 according to Forbes, along with a general impression of what the remake’s atmosphere is going to be. Starting with a fairly nostalgic framing sequence, it moves into an exciting rescue sequence involving Johnson as Mitch saving a bikini beauty from a burning, sinking cabin cruiser. Then he abruptly throws her life-jacketed form overboard. From there we learn that Mitch’s particular Baywatch lifeguard HQ is beset with funding woes, and there is an attempt to address this by having newcomer Brody (Efron) and his shirtless bod come in as good PR to “restore the Baywatch brand”. Add to that a dead body washing up on their stretch of beach, and some illegal designs on the area by a wealthy business interest, and some action hilarity ensues.
From the dialogue samples alone, it’s painfully obvious that this will push ratings to R with all the bawdy jokes and wordplay, not to mention the slow-motion sexy runs and camera angles. The movie sees fit to both call on the elements of the show long missed by fans while parodying it all at the same time.
Also starring Ilfenesh Hadera as Stephanie Holden, Alexandra Daddario as Summer Quinn, and Kelly Rohrbach as CJ Parker (portrayed back in TV by Pamela Anderson, who will cameo along with Hasselhoff), the “Baywatch” movie premieres May 2017.
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