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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Like so many other properties from our childhoods, Police Academy is roaring back to life in the form of a brand-new reboot. The project got set up at New Line since 2010, and has since acquired a director in the form of Scott Zabielski (Tosh.0). Now it’s also about to pick up a fresh draft of the screenplay, courtesy of The Break-Up writer Jeremy Garelick. More details after the jump.

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The latest addition to Neill Blompkamp‘s second feature Elysium is a good one: Diego Luna looks like the choice to play Julio, the closest friend of Matt Damon‘s character. In announcing the casting, Variety says the story ” revolves around aliens and humans doing battle on earth,” which is a slightly different description than we’ve heard in the past. Then again, we’ve heard very little description of the film so far, other than that Jodie Foster plays the head of state of an alien world, and that the film takes place 150 years in the future, with a socio-political bent.

Elysium also features Sharlto Copley, Wagner Moura, William Fichtner, and Alice Braga. It shoots in Vancouver and Mexico City this summer, with a March 1, 2013 release date planned. We’re excited to see what’s in store; perhaps Comic Con will be the occasion that gives us a look at the film.

After the break, Jason Bateman joinsVince Vaughn in Insane Laws, and Garret Dillahunt gets a new role, which automatically makes the world a better place. Read More »

Did you know that there is a plan afoot to make a new feature film based on ‘Thriller,’ by Michael Jackson? Neither did we, but a rights package is being fought over that would allow a studio to further exploit the posthumous popularity of Michael Jackson and his music. The result might be a new Thriller directed by…the guy who made High School Musical? John Landis has got to be rather irritated right now. Read More »

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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