Baywatch remake 'in the works' more than 20 years after iconic beach drama ended04/15/2023
Baywatch could be hitting our screens once again with a reported remake in the works.
Freemantle is developing a remake of the classic 90s action drama starring Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff, reports Deadline.
There are currently no creatives attached to the project, so we’re a long way off from knowing the plot or cast of the show, including whether any previous stars will return.
The original show, which first aired in 1989, followed a team of lifeguards on a crowded beach as they save lives from the raging seas in their iconic red swimwear.
The show was cancelled after one series, but was eventually saved and went on to become NBC’s most-watched TV series in the world.
It ran for 11 series, eventually spawning its own feature-length film in 2017.
Starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Zac Efron, the film saw the pair and their lifeguarding team attempt to take down a drug lord in an effort to save their beach.
The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews, halting the prospect of a remake of the series that was discussed around the same time.
Back in 2018, Fremantle International COO Bob McCourt told Deadline that a remake has ‘definitely been discussed’, but the mixed reaction from the film put a pin in plans.
‘I think we thought the film might have given us reason to reboot the TV series, but given the mixed reviews that didn’t happen straight away,’ he said when discussing remastering old episodes of the show in high definition.
‘I think if this remastered version is sold extensively and a new audience comes to Baywatch, then it will give us a real indication as to whether a new series could be successful.
‘We would definitely think seriously about making a new series and maybe we’ll get approached by some broadcasters about making one.’
Original Baywatch cast member David Chokachi previously said he had pitched a reboot, but believes the film led to his ideas being quashed.
‘I had pitched them, they rebooted every show from the ’90s and I’d say half of them were hits,’ Chokachi said in 2020 during an episode of The Production Meeting.
‘I was like, “Why are you guys lagging on this, why didn’t you try and strike?”… Then the movie came out and the movie squashed any idea.
‘CBS was going to do the show, I had a meeting with them, a location scout. Then the movie came out and instead CBS went with Magnum P.I. that year.’
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