The long-gestating adaptation of Baywatch may actually be happening this time. After going through numerous script drafts, Paramount believes that Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon is the right person to helm the adaptation of the beach-based drama action television series that aired 242 episodes and was on air for 11 seasons. But rather than have the series star David Hassseloff make the slow-motion run on the beach to make a lifesaving rescue, it looks like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be the one to take his place and lead his team of bikini-clad lifeguards who patrol the sunny sandy beaches of Los Angeles, California. More on this story below.
Cobra was a band that had a minor hit in the early days of MTV with their driving anthem “Blood On Your Money” from their one and only album, 1983’s First Strike. The band was notable because their lineup included former Krokus guitarist Mandy Meyer and velvet-voiced singer Jimi Jamison, who, only a year later, would go on to become the lead singer of the 80’s mega hit-machine Survivor. (Jamison also wrote and sang the theme song of the cheesy 90’s TV show Baywatch.)
First Strike is a classic of melodic metal and is sadly underrated. Jimi Jamison left this world after suffering a heart attack just last month at the age of 63. This Massive Metal Monday is dedicated to his memory.
Taking into account that 21 Jump Street was a resounding success both critically and commercially, it’s really no surprise to hear that some studios are considering putting a comedic twist on film adaptations of TV dramas.
According to Vulture, Reno 911! co-creator/star Robert Ben Garant has been tapped to direct the film adaptation of Baywatch. The film originally started out as an actioner, but as writers like Jeremy Garelick (The Break Up) and Peter Tolan (Rescue Me) rewrote the script, it turned into something different. The two have said before that they knew very little about the TV drama when they were writing the script, but Tolan has said that his take was more like Stripes. Ironically, Ivan Reitman, who directed Stripes, will be producing Baywatch.