'Baywatch' Movie is a Comedy; 'Reno 911!' Co-Creator Robert Ben Garant to Direct

Posted 12:44 PM September 21st, 2012 by Binh Ngo
Robert Ben Garant

According to Vulture, Robert Ben Garant, co-creator and star of Reno 911!, has been tapped by Paramount to direct the Baywatch movie from Peter Tolan's script.

In a curious move though, the producers have decided to turn the big screen version of long-running TV series into a comedy, which in my uninformed opinion is the wrong way to go.

Sure, the TV series has been off the air for more than ten years now, but it's not so far removed that fans won't remember that it's a drama and not a comedy. Unless, of course, the producers are not trying to court those fans, who by now may not be interested in looking young, beautiful things running around on the beach anymore.

In my mind, the movie can take the tone of the TV series and work as a serious drama. Think the Step Up movies.

But then again, it's not like I have a spotless record making these type of calls. I've mocked the 21 Jump Street adaptation when it was first announced, but the movie surprised me and a lot of doubters. It can work.

Robert Ben Garant is currently in post on Hell Baby, a movie he wrote, directed, and starred in. Hell Baby is a horror-comedy starring Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb as an expectant couple who are haunted by a demonic baby.

Presumably, Garant will start on the Baywatch movie after he's done with Hell Baby.

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