dwayne johnson rampage movie

Not liking Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a crime punishable by sneers and glares. The infinitely charismatic movie star is one of the most watchable men in modern cinema. Even when he boards a stinker (and he’s made his fair share of awful movies), he walks away smelling like roses. He’s unsinkable, a buoyant pile of muscle and enthusiasm powered by lots and lots of cod.

So if there’s anyone who can get us interested in a film version of the Rampage video game series, it’s Johnson, who announced the film’s new screenwriters on his Instagram page. As a bonus, he also revealed the schedule for his next year, which seriously, no joke, sounds like it would kill any other human being.

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Pamela Anderson as CJ Parker in Baywatch

A generation after the original Baywatch debuted on TV, Paramount is preparing to introduce a whole new generation to the joys of slow-mo beach runs. Which means, of course, they’ll need a new C.J. Parker, the pneumatic lifeguard played by Pamela Anderson in the 1990s TV series.

Well, as of now, the search is over. Actress and model Kelly Rohrbach has been set to fill Anderson’s iconic red swimsuit in the Baywatch movie, joining Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, and Alexandra Daddario. Click through to see the first video of Rohrbach in action on set.  Read More »

Alexandra Daddario in San Andreas

UPDATE: Deadline reports today that Daddario has won the female lead role of Summer, a lifeguard and love interest to Zac Efron’s character. Original story from November 9, 2015 follows.

After setting Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron for the male leads over the summer, Paramount’s Baywatch reboot dove deep into the casting pool to find a female lead. Now it’s resurfaced with a list of seven possibilities, including Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas), Ashley Benson (Spring Breakers), and Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalpyse). Read the Baywatch female lead shortlist after the jump.  Read More »

Zac Efron joining Baywatch

It’s been 26 years since David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson first hit the beach in the television series Baywatch, and that means it’s the perfect time for Hollywood to recycle it in the form of a big screen adaptation.

Dwayne Johnson is set to star in a raunchy, comedic take on the ’90s series with Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon at the helm. And now Neighbors star Zac Efron will likely also throw on some swimming trunks ad take his shirt off for the adaptation. Find out more about Zac Efron joining Baywatch after the jump! Read More »

Baywatch

The long-gestating Baywatch movie may have finally caught itself a director. Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) is in negotiations to adapt Paramount’s action-comedy take on the 1990s series, which has Dwayne Johnson attached to star. Read all about the Baywatch Seth Gordon news after the jump. Read More »

Dwayne Johnson

In a story that’s worthy of April 1st, Dwayne Johnson is “loosely attached” to Paramount’s long-gestating big-screen take on Baywatch. The adaptation of the hit TV show has been in development for years and is now once again picking up steam with a new writer and director team. Comedy writer Justin Malen is rewriting the script (which was most recently penned by Reno 911 co-creator Robert Ben Garant) for Sean Anders and John Morris, the team behind We’re the Millers and Horrible Bosses 2, who are directing.

UPDATE: The Rock has confirmed his involvement.
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As the saying goes, every generation gets the Hoff it deserves. (That is how the saying goes, right?) And the one we’ve earned, apparently, is Bill Hader. The Saturday Night Live star has just signed on for the Baywatch reboot, which is being directed by Reno 911! co-creator Robert Ben Garant. Although a few of the series’ old stars are expected to make cameo appearances, Hader is the first new star to have signed on. Hit the jump to keep reading.

UPDATE: Collider has reached out to Hader and Ben Garant’s rep, who denies that Hader has been cast and says that Ben Garant’s script isn’t finished yet. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more. Original story follows.

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The more we hear about Paramount’s impending Baywatch reboot, the less it sounds like Baywatch. While the project started out as an action-oriented piece, a few years ago the studio decided to switch gears and tapped Jeremy Garelick (The Break-Up) to rework it as a broad comedy. Then, after Garelick left, Peter Tolan (Rescue Me) was brought on for another rewrite.

Now, given that progression, the new choice of director makes perfect sense. According to a new report, Reno 911! co-creator / star Robert Ben Garant has signed on to helm. Whether he’ll also rewrite is not clear at this point.

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We’ve seen quite a few TV series adapted to film, and they are almost uniformly forgettable. (Starsky and Hutch, The A-Team, Dark Shadows, and so on.) So if Paramount wants to make a Baywatch movie, based on the show that made a star of Pamela Anderson and revived the career of David Hasselhoff, let them go for it. Break out the wakeboards and the one-piece red suits, and the worst thing that can happen is there will be one more summer movie no one will remember three months later.

Now there’s a report that, if correct, suggests Paramount wants to make the film a lot more memorable. Supposedly the studio wants Justin Timberlake for the lead role, which sounds about as likely as the idea of any of the original Baywatch cast being able to swim the English Channel. Read More »