Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Baywatch Movie: Art Imitates Life

The Wrap reports that Zac Efron’s character Matt Brody in next summer's Baywatch movie--which wrapped production long before the Rio Summer Games began, is essentially multi-medal winner Ryan Lochte.

The film puts a comedic spin on the worldwide success of the TV show that ran from 1989–2001 charting the exploits and rescues of a team of lifeguards--ala 21 Jump Street.

The story paints Brody as a U.S. Olympic swimmer, two-time gold medalist and world record holder who becomes embroiled in controversy after committing a crime. To rehab his public image and satisfy the community service portion of his sentence, he must head to the beach from where he seems to annoy chief lifeguard Mitch (Dwayne Johnson).

Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera, Priyanka Chopra, Hannibal Buress, Izabel Goulart, Charlotte McKinney and  also star in the film.

 Original series stars David Hassehoff and Pamela Anderson are both set to appear.

In late 2011 "Rescue Me" co-creator Peter Tolan and Jeremy Garelick had reportedly finished their script then--Reno 911 creators and stars Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant were attached to work on the pic at one point as well In June 2012, Justin Timberlake was linked to play a disgraced former Olympic swimmer trying out for the Baywatch crew. But that version fell apart

Justin Malen did a rewrite of the script that Seth Gordon directed from.

Ivan Reitman, Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson produced the pic.

The Paramount release opens May 19th next year.

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