The film version of “Baywatch” has been in development limbo for years. Now, Paramount Pictures is moving on the project and has hired “Reno 911!” co-creator and star Robert Ben Garant to direct the comedy adaptation of the long-running series.
The script is courtesy of Peter Tolan (creator of Rescue Me), who only a year ago had said that his take on the material was more akin to “Stripes” than the self-serious syndicated series’ mien, which makes sense, since “Baywatch” is being produced by “Stripes” director Ivan Reitman. Less clear is what Ben Garant’s arrival means for the Tolan script, as Ben Garant is also the screenwriter of Fox’s “Night at the Museum” franchise and may have ideas of his own.
In the meantime, Ben Garant is in post-production on “Hell Baby,” a macabre comedy he co-directed and co-wrote with his old “Reno 911!” co-creator and co-star, Thomas Lennon; in it, Lennon and Leslie Bibb play an expectant couple whose new home is haunted by a demonic baby.
Paramount Pictures’ “Baywatch” is currently in development. Robert Ben Garant directs.