'Baywatch' movie as a comedy: A (sorta) good idea?
The in-the-works Baywatch movie is becoming a comedy, an idea that could actually make it work. In fact, the writers who toiled on the show 20 years ago are probably thinking the switch in genre could’ve made their jobs a lot easier — it’s no small feat coming up with a lifeguard case every week, as anyone who’s ever had a boring summer job watching the waters of the local beach or pool knows. Paramount has now hired Jeremy Garelick, who recently did a rewrite on The Hangover, to revamp the script and direct it as an intentionally funny vehicle. A 2005 draft was more action-oriented, but Garelick told Variety he saw its potential as something closer to Stripes or Police Academy. It wouldn’t be the first time a remake went ironically funny, of course (think The Brady Bunch Movie, for instance). But the plot — focusing on two bumbling lifeguard wannabes trying to make it among the buff bods Baywatch was known for — seems to give us exactly the magic that the original series had (um, the buff bods) plus what it didn’t (relatable main characters, built-in tension, and genuine laugh potential). Not that it’ll necessarily change anyone’s life, but it may break out of the standard remake-flameout trap, provided it does one thing: Actually make us laugh.
What do you think, PopWatchers? Would comedy make a Baywatch movie more palatable to you? What will it need to make you want to see it? Megan Fox in a bathing suit? Zach Galifianakis? Bradley Cooper in a bathing suit? (Yes, please.)