Sometimes, remakes and reboots can turn out well. Especially if they’re approached in the right spirit, or if they’re reinvented to give us something fresh. Case in point, the “21 Jump Street” movies. “Baywatch” feels very much like it’s cut from the same cloth. It’s got Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron fronting it, and these guys have proven comedy chops.
Today, the first footage dropped, and it confirms the action-comedy route that director Seth Gordon (“Horrible Bosses”) was promising. The jokes border on raunchy, and the chemistry between the cast is pretty good, where even the eye candy like Alexandra Daddario pulling off some nice humour. Efron looks like he’s playing his usual slightly clueless douchey dudebro but hey, if it works, right. That last joke is kinda ripped off from “Tropic Thunder” but it still got a chuckle from me.
The trailer also drops homages to the TV show with the opening tune, and some meta jokes about resurrecting the brand. I’m definitely looking forward to this now.
Here’s the official summary: “Baywatch offers a big-screen take on the television series that originally premiered on NBC in 1989. The original Baywatch cast included David Hasselhoff, Parker Stevenson, Shawn Weatherly, Billy Warlock, Erika Eleniak, Peter Phelps, Brandon Call and Holly Gagnier. The series was initially not a success and was cancelled after a single season. Plans were made, however, to move Baywatch into first-run syndication and, in 1991, Baywatch returned to the airwaves where it continued for a full decade, bringing in new cast members like Yasmine Bleeth and Pamela Anderson. The show also received a short-lived spinoff, Baywatch Hawaii.
Although several writers have been attached to the Baywatch movie, the most recent draft hails from the Friday the 13th pair of Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. Horrible Bosses and Identity Thief director Seth Gordon is helming the new Baywatch film, which is being produced by Dwayne Johnson alongside Michael Berk, Greg Bonann, Beau Flynn, Dany Garcia, Ivan Reitman and Douglas Schwartz.
“Baywatch” also stars Kelly Rohrbach (Broad City), Jon Bass (Loving), Ilfenesh Hadera (Oldboy), Priyanka Chopra (Quantico) and Hannibal Buress (Broad City). It premieres 26th May 2017.