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.
But don’t jump out of your seat just yet. Garant, who is best known for writing the scripts for the Night of the Museum franchise, isn’t officially signed on, and even if he was confirmed, we don’t have any idea if he will use the rewrites made by Tolan or if he will start from square one.
The fact that Paramount wants to change Baywatch the way Reno 911! did for COPS clearly tells us which direction the movie is headed towards. So it makes sense that Garant be the one hired to direct the film. He took something that started out as dramatic and twisted it into something that was hilarious and built a huge cult following for it as well.
Baywatch currently has no start date as of yet, but if we are to believe that Garant really is directing, we will have to wait a while since he is busy finalizing Hell Baby.
So what are your thoughts on Robert Ben Garant possibly directing a comedic Baywatch?