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Baywatch movie still happening, now from the creator of Rescue Me

Sep. 16, 2011by: Mike Sampson

For some reason I can't quite wrap my head around, a feature-length BAYWATCH movie has been in the works since 2004 when DreamWorks first optioned the rights. A number of people have been involved in the development (including Eli Roth and Ivan Reitman) but the film has never gotten past that ever-so-important (?) script stage. But not willing to give up some seven years later, a new draft has been handed in and might be the one that finally kickstarts the production.

Peter Tolan, who just wrapped up a successful run on his FX series "Rescue Me" (the series finale aired earlier this month), revealed he just turned in a BAYWATCH script to Paramount. The director was a guest on the Matthew Aaron Show podcast and revealed that his approach to the material was a non-campy comedy in the spirit of STRIPES. And, perhaps most interestingly, it won't be based on the show.

Says Tolan, "It's not based on the show in any way, though there are a couple of winks at the show...I don't know anything about the show. I didn't watch it in preparation for writing this."

He went on to add that there are roles written in for both David Hasselhoff and Pam Anderson but they wouldn't be the characters they played in the series.

So what do you think about the BAYWATCH movie? Does it sound like a stupid idea no matter how they do it, or does this sound like a novel approach?

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3:13PM on 09/18/2011
Yawn. The porno version will probably be a lot more entertaining. That at least gives everyone exactly what they really want to see.
Yawn. The porno version will probably be a lot more entertaining. That at least gives everyone exactly what they really want to see.
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12:37AM on 09/17/2011
Weird move on Tolan's part. He must be tired of the whole success thing from Rescue Me.
Weird move on Tolan's part. He must be tired of the whole success thing from Rescue Me.
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8:37PM on 09/16/2011
Does anybody still want Baywatch movie?
Does anybody still want Baywatch movie?
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5:51PM on 09/16/2011
Am I the only one that read the headline and then flashed on a movie about how a bunch of lifeguards in California that are extremely affected by 9/11?

Like, the blackest black comedy ever.
Am I the only one that read the headline and then flashed on a movie about how a bunch of lifeguards in California that are extremely affected by 9/11?

Like, the blackest black comedy ever.
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2:55PM on 09/16/2011
I'm surprised this is one show that hasn't yet received the reboot recipe in this age of HD television. I guess its because Playboy playmates can now get reality shows being their trashy, soulless selves than kid themselves with acting and studio schedules.
I'm surprised this is one show that hasn't yet received the reboot recipe in this age of HD television. I guess its because Playboy playmates can now get reality shows being their trashy, soulless selves than kid themselves with acting and studio schedules.
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2:10PM on 09/16/2011
Unless it is rated R then their really is no point in watching this.
Unless it is rated R then their really is no point in watching this.
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2:04PM on 09/16/2011

Now just wait a minute here...

You're telling me that there was actually a show after the opening credits?! I had no fucking clue. I was always "finished watching" before it faded to black.
You're telling me that there was actually a show after the opening credits?! I had no fucking clue. I was always "finished watching" before it faded to black.
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1:59PM on 09/16/2011
Firstly, I'm a fan of Peter Tolan's collaborations with Denis Leary. Second, I must admit I'm curious about a script for a property wherein the writer didn't even really consult the source material. Especially, the source material for something as benign as Baywatch.

If this is even remotely in the vein of Stripes, I might be won over anyway.
Firstly, I'm a fan of Peter Tolan's collaborations with Denis Leary. Second, I must admit I'm curious about a script for a property wherein the writer didn't even really consult the source material. Especially, the source material for something as benign as Baywatch.

If this is even remotely in the vein of Stripes, I might be won over anyway.
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1:31PM on 09/16/2011

Aah Baywatch...

... you were my first porn before I even knew what porn was, and for that the 8-year old me thanks you.

But now that I'm 24 and know what porn is, f**k off and leave me alone!
... you were my first porn before I even knew what porn was, and for that the 8-year old me thanks you.

But now that I'm 24 and know what porn is, f**k off and leave me alone!
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