RENO 911! Co-Creator Robert Ben Garant to Direct BAYWATCH

     September 21, 2012

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Just because you forgot about it doesn’t mean it’s not happening.  Paramount is still trying to develop a feature film based on the popular slow motion running drama series Baywatch, and some new blood has been brought in to revitalize the project.  Screenwriter Peter Tolan (Rescue Me) was previously tapped to write the script, and last year he revealed that his take would be a comedy adaptation more akin to Stripes rather than a straight feature film iteration of the self-serious lifeguard series.  Now Vulture reports that Reno 911! co-creator and star Robert Ben Garant has been lined up to direct the film.

Garant previously directed Reno 911! Miami and Balls of Fury and has forged a successful screenwriting career with fellow Reno 911! cohort Thomas Lennon.  The duo wrote the Night at the Museum films as well as other family fare like Herbie Fully Loaded and The Pacifier (they chronicled their success in the book Writing Movies For Fun And Profit).  Though a Baywatch film in and of itself sounds like a bad idea, I wouldn’t be opposed to seeing a Reno 911! take on the group of lifeguards.  No word on whether Garant would take a stab at the script himself, but I assume he’ll put his own spin on the material.

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