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 »

The last time we reported on the Baywatch movie, Russ wrote that he hoped it would “just dry up and go away.” For a while, it seemed he’d gotten his wish, as the project didn’t seem to be making much progress. But it’s back now, with a script newly rewritten by Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan. And for better or worse, it’s apparently totally unrelated to the show — aside from a couple of planned appearances by David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson. More details after the jump.

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Baywatch: The Movie Gets A New Writer/Director

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If you’re like me, you’ve hoped that the Baywatch movie would just dry up and go away. The television show, which ran an astounding ten-year run (arguably dying out just as acceptance of the internet rendered a TV show filled with slo-mo jiggling red bathing suits irrelevant) has long been considered fodder for a theatrical film. A few years back there was news/rumor that Jessica Simpson would topline, but that never happened. Now Jeremy Garelick, who came up in the business working for Joel Schumacher, then co-wrote The Break-Up and became part of Todd Phillips’ rewrite crew (he did uncredited work on The Hangover) has been tapped to rewrite and direct Baywatch as a broad comedy. Get it? ‘Broad’. Yeah, I know, never mind. Read More »

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