It’s been a long time in coming, but we’re finally getting closer to seeing Baywatch on the big screen. One of the most-watched television shows in the world has found its movie scriptwriters, meaning the only thing holding it back now is onscreen talent. After all, Jessica Simpson can’t be the only star.
Baywatch is the series that turned David Hasselhoff from a guy who talked to a car in Knight Rider, to simply the “Hoff.” The show revolves around Los Angeles lifeguards and the drama that surrounds them both at work and at play. Because of the attractiveness of the stars, it became more known for being eye-candy than for its plotlines. It made a star of Pamela Anderson, and other castmembers include Michael Newman, Parker Stevenson, Billy Warlock, Shawn Weatherly, Alexandra Paul, David Charvet, Nicole Eggert, and Yasmine Bleeth.
The series changed setting in 1999 and continued on as Baywatch Hawaii until 2001. It’s never been forgotten. In 2004, Dreamworks bought the rights to the series with thoughts of making it into a 2012 film. Oddly, since then only one star has been snatched up for the theatrical release, and that’s Jessica Simpson. She’ll reportedly be playing the role that made Anderson famous, that of C.J. Parker. Of course, that would have been a better move back in 2006 when she signed onto the project than now. Her star doesn’t seem to be shining quite as bright these days. Not that Anderson’s is either, after falling to the bottom two in the first voting week of Dancing with the Stars.