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Horrible Bosses' Seth Gordon may direct Dwayne Johnson in the Baywatch movie

07.24.2015
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Last we heard, Dwayne Johnson was set to take over the David Hasselhoff role in the BAYWATCH movie. While Johnson continues to land massive action films like SAN ANDREAS and RAMPAGE, he has been balancing comedic fare like CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE. But, it looks like BAYWATCH may blend the two and could happen sooner as a director has been found.

The Hollywood Reporter says that HORRIBLE BOSSES director Seth Gordon is close to coming on board the project that has been in development for several years. Produced by SAN ANDREAS' Beau Flynn and GHOSTBUSTERS director Ivan Reitman, BAYWATCH is aiming for a tone similar to 21 JUMP STREET. That means it will be primarily a comedy sending up the original television series while also featuring some action set-pieces.

Here's the general synopsis for the BAYWATCH movie.

The story centers on a by-the-book and very serious lifeguard (Johnson) who is forced to team up with a young rule-flouting hothead in order to save their beach from environmental destruction at the hands of an oil tycoon.

Gordon definitely has the ability to pull off a project like this but I really think it hinges on who plays the young hot-head lifeguard. I would almost say that Jonah Hill would be great but that may be too similar to his pairing with Channing Tatum in the JUMP STREET films. Whoever it is that joins Johnson would need to be cast soon if the early 2016 production can start.

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2:50AM on 07/27/2015
Young hot-headed lifeguard? ZACH EFRON!
Young hot-headed lifeguard? ZACH EFRON!
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1:01AM on 07/25/2015

Ahhh! To be a casting director for this!

They need to get Alexandra Daddario, Haley Atwell, and Charlotte McKinney on the phone right now. I think this could be fun. And they should pair the Rock up with Reynolds or Chris Hemsworth or both for this as they sit back and grin from their ivory tower.
They need to get Alexandra Daddario, Haley Atwell, and Charlotte McKinney on the phone right now. I think this could be fun. And they should pair the Rock up with Reynolds or Chris Hemsworth or both for this as they sit back and grin from their ivory tower.
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11:46PM on 07/24/2015
I am so down for this. Just, please don't pair him up with Jonah Hill or Wahlberg.
I am so down for this. Just, please don't pair him up with Jonah Hill or Wahlberg.
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2:54AM on 07/27/2015
What's wrong with Wahlberg? He's funnier than Jonah Hill AND Channing Tatum combined.
What's wrong with Wahlberg? He's funnier than Jonah Hill AND Channing Tatum combined.
5:42PM on 07/24/2015
Baywatch was essentially a comedy in disguise, it never took itself seriously even when it tried to be dramatic. We only watched it for the ladies anyway. I'm down for this movie 100% & I'll watch anything with The Rock.
Baywatch was essentially a comedy in disguise, it never took itself seriously even when it tried to be dramatic. We only watched it for the ladies anyway. I'm down for this movie 100% & I'll watch anything with The Rock.
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2:52AM on 07/27/2015
Unless we're talking about BAYWATCH NIGHT.
BAY.
F*CKING.
WATCH.
AT.
NIGHT.
Unless we're talking about BAYWATCH NIGHT.
BAY.
F*CKING.
WATCH.
AT.
NIGHT.
10:51AM on 07/24/2015
A straight reboot will never reach the camp levels of the TV show, so why not turn it on its ear? And Johnson is probably the only person in Hollywood right now with the presence and charisma of the Hoff. It'll be interesting to see what direction they go with this, considering the place Baywatch! holds in our collective pop-culture history.
A straight reboot will never reach the camp levels of the TV show, so why not turn it on its ear? And Johnson is probably the only person in Hollywood right now with the presence and charisma of the Hoff. It'll be interesting to see what direction they go with this, considering the place Baywatch! holds in our collective pop-culture history.
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10:28AM on 07/24/2015
Lmao! I'm there!
Lmao! I'm there!
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