2017 film by Seth Gordon
Baywatch is a 2017 American action comedy film based on the television series created by Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, and Gregory J. Bonann. The film was directed by Seth Gordon, written by Mark Swift and Damian Shannon (from a story by Jay Scherick, David Ronn, Thomas Lennon, and Robert Ben Garant), and stars Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron with Jon Bass, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Priyanka Chopra and David Hasselhoff in supporting roles. The story follows lifeguard Mitch Buchannon and his team who must take down a drug lord in an effort to save their beach.
Principal photography began on February 22, 2016, in Florida and Savannah, Georgia. The film was released in the United States on May 25, 2017, by Paramount Pictures, grossed $177 million worldwide and received negative reviews from critics, with criticism for its crude humor, storyline and character development, but Johnson's performance did receive some praise.Baywatch received five nominations at the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture and Worst Actor for Efron.
In Emerald Bay, Florida, Lt. Mitch Buchannon and his team of lifeguards, including second-in-command Stephanie Holden and veteran C.J. Parker, protect the beaches and the bay as part of an elite division known as Baywatch. Having made over 500 rescues in his career, Mitch is beloved by the community, to the annoyance of local beat cop Garner Ellerbee and Mitch's superior, Captain Thorpe. During one of his morning patrols, Mitch finds a small pouch of flakka drug washed up near the Huntley Club, which is now under the ownership of businesswoman Victoria Leeds, who has been secretly bribing city councilman Rodriguez and others in efforts to increase her stake in the bay.
Mitch later meets Olympian Matt Brody who, thinking his Olympic position entitles him to be on the team without trying out, says that he is already on the team. He then calls Holden in, and they tease Brody. Mitch later makes Brody beat him on the "big boys'" course. When the course ends, a mom and her kids start drowning, resulting in the lifeguards and Brody rushing to save them, even though Brody isn't a lifeguard yet. When everything's clear, the results of the tryouts are in, and the people who made it are Ronnie Greenbaum, Summer Quinn, and Matt Brody.
When a private yacht catches fire, Brody disobeys orders and dives directly under the flames, causing Holden and C. J. to have to save him. The occupants are evacuated, except for the deceased councilman Rodriguez. Ellerbee disapproves of Mitch's further investigative actions. Mitch and the gang attend a party held by Leeds to investigate about the flakka, but without much luck, as Brody makes a fool of himself getting drunk. Mitch, Brody, and Summer later infiltrate the hospital morgue, where they record two of Leeds' henchmen planting a falsified autopsy report to cover up the fact that Rodriguez was murdered on her orders. Unfortunately, they are discovered, and though Mitch manages to subdue and capture one of them, the recording is destroyed and Ellerbee is forced to release their suspect on a lack of evidence. Angered, Thorpe threatens to fire Mitch if he oversteps his authority again.
Convinced that Leeds is running drugs out of the Huntley, Mitch and Brody go undercover and sneak into the club kitchen, where they witness her workers retrieving the drugs from barrels of fish and processing them. They contact Ellerbee, only to learn that another dead body has been found on the beach. Thorpe, enraged that Mitch essentially deserted his post, fires him and names Brody as the new lieutenant. Brody doesn't want the job, but he is forced to take it. Mitch then takes a job as a salesman at Sprint.
Brody later sees a couple of “sand grifters (beach thieves)" steal bags using a cooler. He tackles the man, ordering him and his female accomplice off the beach, and steals the cooler. After finding another pouch of flakka on the beach, Brody steals the second victim's report from Ellerbee using the cooler and brings it to Summer, who confirms his suspicion that the man was killed by a knife instead of a shark attack. Ronnie, upon recognizing the victim as his friend Dave, helps Brody hack into Leeds' servers, revealing her plan to privatize the entire beach by systematically buying out or eliminating every competing business owner.
The team later infiltrates a private party on Leeds' personal yacht, discovering how she's been using the hull to smuggle the drugs. Brody is captured and placed in a bait cage to be drowned, and a gloating Leeds reveals that she bribed Thorpe to fire Mitch and put Brody for the job before pushing the cage into the water. Just before Brody dies, Summer swims up to him and gives him the kiss of life. However, this turns out to be a hallucination when he regains consciousness and realizes it is actually Mitch resuscitating him. The two catch up to Leeds, while Ronnie and C. J. hack the system and launch fireworks to prevent her escape helicopter from landing. Just as they run out, a wounded Mitch, having intentionally stung himself with a sea urchin to boost his adrenaline, uses a Roman candle to blow Leeds up, saving Brody once again. Ellerbee arrives and takes Leeds' henchmen into custody, apologizing to Mitch for doubting him. Thorpe arrives and begins to berate Mitch for not understanding he's fired and returning to the beach. In response, Brody punches Thorpe in the face. Thorpe is subsequently arrested for his role in Leeds' plan.
In the aftermath, Ronnie and Brody begin relationships with C.J. and Summer respectively. Mitch, having been reinstated, no longer makes Summer, Ronnie, and Brody trainees and introduces them to their new captain, Casey Jean.
A Baywatch movie was first announced in 2004, although the movie became stuck in development hell over the years, with several writers penning drafts. In July 2015, Sean Anders was replaced by Seth Gordon as director. On October 2, 2014, Dwayne Johnson was attached to star in the lead role, and Justin Malen was set to rewrite the script. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift wrote the latest draft, and the film would be comedic in style. On August 10, 2015, Zac Efron signed on to star in the film, and Beau Flynn and Ivan Reitman joined to produce with Johnson's Seven Bucks Productions. On November 9, 2015, Deadline reported that seven actresses were among the short list testing for the lead female role, Alexandra Daddario, Ashley Benson, Nina Dobrev, Alexandra Shipp, Shelley Hennig, Bianca A. Santos, and Denyse Tontz. On November 18, 2015, Johnson confirmed Daddario would play Summer, a lifeguard, and the love interest of Efron's character.
On January 4, 2016, Kelly Rohrbach's casting as C. J. Parker was confirmed by Johnson's Instagram post. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift wrote the screenplay, while the final list of producers were Johnson along with his partner Dany Garcia, through their Seven Bucks Productions, as well as Flynn, Reitman, Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, and Gregory J. Bonann. On January 20, 2016, Johnson again posted on his Instagram about casting Ilfenesh Hadera as Johnson's love interest. On January 27, 2016, Jon Bass was cast in the film to play Ronnie, a funny, awkward, and skilled disco dancer at the beach, who falls in love with Parker. On February 12, 2016, Hannibal Buress joined the cast of the film to play a bay community local. On February 17, 2016, Priyanka Chopra signed on to star as the antagonist in the film. The role was originally written for a male. In March 2016, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II joined the cast as Ellerbee, a police officer who is constantly reminding Mitch that he has no real authority over the bay.Jack Kesy and Amin Joseph were also cast in the film.Vine (later YouTube) star Logan Paul announced that he is in the film, but his scenes were later cut.Izabel Goulart also appeared. NFL players Vernon Davis and Arian Foster also have cameo appearances in the film.
Principal photography on the film began on February 22, 2016, in Deerfield Beach, Florida, with the setting in Broward County, Florida, while the TV series was set in Malibu, California. The film was shot in Miami and Savannah, Georgia. In late March 2016, filming started in Tybee Island, Georgia. Filming wrapped on May 18, 2016.
In January 2016, Paramount Pictures scheduled Baywatch for a May 19, 2017 release, which was originally scheduled for a sequel to Terminator Genisys. In December 2016, Paramount pushed the release date back one week to May 26, 2017, to avoid competition with Alien: Covenant. In April 2017, the film was moved one day earlier, to avoid direct competition with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Baywatch grossed $58.1 million in the United States and Canada and $119.8 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $177.8 million, against a production budget of $69 million.
In the United States and Canada, the film was initially projected to gross around $40 million from 3,642 theaters over its five-day opening weekend, with the studio predicting a more conservative $30 million debut. It made $1.25 million at 2,554 theaters from Wednesday night previews, similar to fellow mid-week R-rated releases We're the Millers ($1.7 million) and Let's Be Cops ($1.2 million). However, after making $4.6 million on its opening day (including Wednesday night previews) and $5.7 million on Friday, five-day projections were lowered to $25 million. It ended up grossing $18.5 million in its opening weekend (for a five-day total of $27.7 million), finishing third at the box office, behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales ($63 million) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($20.9 million). In its second weekend the film grossed $8.8 million (a drop of 52.5%), finishing 5th at the box office.
On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 17% based on 241 reviews, and an average rating of 4.04/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Baywatch takes its source material's jiggle factor to R-rated levels, but lacks the original's campy charm – and leaves its charming stars flailing in the shallows." On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 37 out of 100, based on 47 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported filmgoers gave it a 76% overall positive score. Dwayne Johnson responded to critics' reviews, saying that the film was made for fans and that they loved it.
Writing for Rolling Stone, Peter Travers praised the "easy rapport" of Johnson and Efron while saying, "what [the film] needs more is a functional script". Travers rated it two out of four stars and said, "Think of yourself sitting down for a big two-hour wallow in instant stupid with a vat of popcorn, slathered in fake butter and possibly a mound of melted M&Ms on top. It feels great chugging it down, then your stomach hurts, your head aches and you puke the whole thing up so you can forget about it in the morning. That's Baywatch in a nutshell." Owen Gleiberman of Variety called it "stupidly entertaining... for a while" but was critical of the plot. Brian Truitt of USA Today gave the film two out of four stars, and said that while the film has all the elements you would expect "the remake yearns to be both sendup farce and straight action film, tripping along the way and failing to grasp either."Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 1.5 out of 4 stars, writing: "As was the case with CHiPS, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Beverly Hillbillies, Car 54, Where Are You? and I'll just stop there, when you make films from junk TV, more often than not you're going to wind up with a junk movie."
Baywatch was released on Digital HD on August 15, 2017 and on Blu-ray and DVD on August 29, 2017.
|2017||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Comedy Actor||Dwayne Johnson||Nominated|||
|Choice Movie: Comedy Actress||Alexandra Daddario||Nominated|
|Choice Movie: Villain||Priyanka Chopra||Nominated|
|Choice Movie: Ship||Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron||Nominated|
|Golden Schmoes Awards||Best T&A of the Year||Alexandra Daddario||Won|
|2018||38th Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst Picture||Michael Berk, Gregory J. Bonann, Beau Flynn, Ivan Reitman, Douglas Schwartz||Nominated|||
|Worst Screenplay||Damian Shannon, Mark Swift, Jay Scherick, David Ronn, Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant||Nominated|
|Worst Actor||Zac Efron||Nominated|
|Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel||Nominated|
|The Razzie Nominee So Rotten You Loved It||Won|
In May 2017, Beau Flynn producer of the film revealed plans for a sequel where the team would be in a different environment and the film would be set overseas.
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What The Baywatch Movie Cast Is Doing Now, Including The Rock, Zac Efron, And Alexandra Daddario
Suffice to say, Baywatch didn't make a big splash when it premiered in 2017. Based on NBC's long-running (and fondly remembered) action-drama series of the same name, the R-rated comedy clearly tried to mimic the unlikely irreverent success of Phil Lord and Chris Miller's 21 and 22 Jump Street, though Seth Gordon's farcical take on the oceanside material didn't reach the same commercial or critical heights. Nevertheless, Baywatch featured a starry cast, including Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, and Priyanka Chopra, along with a pre-fame turn from Yahya Al-Mateen II. Though the tide wasn't strong with this one, the comedy didn't hurt these actors' stride. They're still making waves, and we're here to discuss their latest projects.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Mitch Buchannon)
As Mitch Buchannon, the leader of an elite squad of lifeguards, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays the lead character in 2017's Baywatch. Following his time in the WWE, The Rock's acting career began with The Mummy Returns and The Scorpion King. From there, Johnson starred in Walking Tall, Doom, The Game Plan, Faster, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Pain & Gain, Hercules, Central Intelligence, Rampage, Skyscraper, and San Andreas. The wrestler-turned-actor also appeared in Be Cool, Southland Tales, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Fighting with My Family, and the Jumanji movies. Furthermore, The Rock plays Luke Hobbs in Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7,The Fate of the Furious, and the starring vehicle, Hobbs & Shaw. Additionally, on TV, Johnson starred in Ballers.
Next, Dwayne Johnson stars in Jungle Cruise. He'll also appear in Red Notice. Currently, Johnson is filming Black Adam. He'll also lend his voice to DC League of Super-Pets. Furthermore, Johnson is signed on star in The King. He also currently produces and stars in NBC's autobiographical sitcom, Young Rock, which premiered earlier this year.
Zac Efron (Matt Brody)
In the role of Matt Brody, an extremely fit Olympian who feels that he's entitled to join the lifeguard team, Zac Efron plays our second male lead in 2017's Baywatch. Rising to prominence through his performance as Troy Bolton in the High School Musical trilogy, Efron became a leading man through 17 Again, The Lucky One, Me and Orson Welles, Dirty Grandpa, Charlie St. Cloud, That Awkward Moment, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, and the Neighbors films. Also, the actor appeared in Hairspray, The Greatest Showman, The Disaster Artist, The Beach Bum, and The Paperboy. Additionally, Efron starred in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile. He's also heard in The Lorax.
Most recently, Zac Efron was heard in Scoob! He also hosted Netflix's travel series, Down to Earth with Zac Efron, which was renewed for a second season. Next, Zac Efron is slated to star in Gold. Currently, he's in production on Blumhouse's Firestarter remake. Additionally, the A-list actor is signed on to star in Peter Farrelly's The Greatest Beer Run Ever, King of the Jungle, and Disney+'s modernized remake of Three Men and a Baby.
Alexandra Daddario (Summer Quinn)
Playing Summer Quinn, a hard-working lifeguard who becomes Matt Brody's love interest, Alexandra Daddario is the female lead in Baywatch. Following her breakout role in the Percy Jackson movies, Daddario starred in The Layover, Texas Chainsaw, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, When We First Met, and Lost Girls & Lost Hotels. Additionally, she produced and starred in We Summon the Darkness and Can You Keep a Secret? Her other film credits include San Andreas, Burying the Ex, and Hall Pass.
Furthermore, on television, Alexandra Daddario is best known for HBO's True Detective. She also starred in Paramount+'s Why Women Kill and played recurring roles among the cast of White Collar, All My Children, Parenthood, American Horror Story: Hotel, and New Girl. Most recently, Daddario appeared in The Girlfriend Experience Season 3. Additionally, the film-TV actress starred in last year's pandemic-themed Songbird. She also lent her voice to Superman: Man of Tomorrow. Next, Alexandra Daddario will star in Die in a Gunfight and HBO's The White Lotus. Outside of acting, Daddario hosts an active YouTube channel.
Jon Bass (Ronnie Greenbaum)
As Ronnie Greenbaum, an often-misfortuned rookie lifeguard who wants to make a good impression and do right by everyone, Jon Bass plays a hapless lead character in 2017's Baywatch. Prior to this performance, Bass was seen in Comedy Central's short-lived series, Big Time in Hollywood, FL, in the role of Del Plimpton. Additionally, Bass is part of the main cast for TBS's anthology comedy series, Miracle Workers, which was renewed for a third season. Subtitled Oregon Trail, it's expected to premiere in July. His other television credits include The Newsroom, Girls, Stumptown, Outmatched, and American Horror Story: Roanoke. Most recently, Bass appeared in HBO's Room 104.
Additionally, on the big screen, Jon Bass' other film credits include Sword of Trust, Molly's Game, Dog Days, and Plus One. He can also be seen in Ratter and All Nighter. Furthermore, Bass played Philip Hirschkop in Loving. Next, he will appear in Gatlopp.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas (Victoria Leeds)
In the role of Victoria Leeds, a powerful criminal mastermind who fights against Mitch Buchannon's lifeguard crew, Priyanka Chopra Jonas plays the main antagonist in 2017's Baywatch. Following years of fame as one of India's highest-paid and most popular actresses, Chopra found success in the U.S. with her starring role in ABC's Quantico. She also provided supporting turns in Isn't It Romantic and 2020's We Can Be Heroes.
Prior to her time in Hollywood, Priyanka Chopra Jonas starred in The Sky Is Pink, Jai Gangaajal, Mary Kom, Anjaana Anjaani, 7 Khoon Maaf, Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai, Pyaar Impossible!, Zanjeer, Deewana Main Deewana, and Fashion. Most recently, Chopra was seen in Netflix's The White Tiger, which she also executive produced. Next, she'll appear in The Matrix Resurrections and Text for You. Currently, Chopra is filming a role in Amazon Prime's Citadel. She's also expected to star in Sheela, which she'll produce. Additionally, Chopra will join forces with Mindy Kaling for an untitled wedding comedy. Outside of acting, she wrote a memoir, Unfinished, which was published in February.
Kelly Rohrbach (C.J. Parker)
Playing the part of C.J. Parker, a popular, skilled lifeguard, Kelly Rohrbach takes on the role that was made famous by Pamela Anderson in 2017's Baywatch. Outside of this R-rated comedy, the actress-model is known for her recurring role as Cassidy Reid in Paramount Network's Yellowstone. Her other TV credits include The PET Squad Files, Rizzoli & Isles, Two and a Half Men, Broad City,The New Normal, and Angie Tribeca.
Additionally, outside of TV, Kelly Rohrbach can be seen in Cafe Society, Ocean's 8, and Wilt. The actress also starred in the short film, My Last Film. Most recently, Rohrbach played a supporting role in A Rainy Day in New York. Her next project remains unknown.
Hannibal Buress (Dave The Tech)
As Dave the Tech, Hannibal Buress plays a supporting character in 2017's Baywatch. Most notably, Buress played Lincoln Rice in Comedy Central's Broad City. Additionally, Buress hosted Comedy Central's Why? with Hannibal Buress and co-hosted Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show, where he also wrote and produced. His other TV credits include 30 Rock, Louie, and High Maintenance. Furthermore, as a voice actor, Buress can be heard in Chozen, China IL, Lucas Bros. Moving Co., and Justice League Action. Additionally, outside of acting, Buress is an Emmy-nominated SNL and 30 Rock writer.
Outside of TV, Hannibal Buress plays Coach Wilson in Spider-Man: Homecoming. He also starred in Tag and Band of Robbers. Additionally, Buress provided supporting turns in Kuso, The Disaster Artist, Blockers, Slice, The Nice Guys, and the Neighbors movies. As a voice actor, the comic is heard in The Angry Birds Movie, Nerdland, and The Secret Life of Pets movies. Next, Buress plays Coach Wilson in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Sgt. Ellerbee)
In the role of Sgt. Ellerbee, a local police officer, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II played a pre-fame supporting role in 2017's Baywatch. Following the film's release, Abdul-Mateen became an Emmy winner for his performance as Cal Abar, a.k.a. Doctor Manhattan, in HBO's acclaimed Watchmen. He also played Clarence "Cadillac" Caldwell in Netflix's The Get Down. His other TV credits include Black Mirror and The Handmaid's Tale.
Additionally, on the big screen, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II played David Kane/Black Manta in Aquaman. Also, he appeared in Us, The Greatest Showman, and First Match. Last year, the actor earned raves for his portrayal of Bobby Seale in The Trial of Chicago 7. That same year, he was seen in Sweetness in the Belly and All Day and a Night. Next, Abdul-Mateen II stars in Candyman. He'll also appear in The Matrix Resurrections and Ambulance. Additionally, Abdul-Mateen II reprises his role as Black Manta in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Furthermore, the actor will appear in Furiosa. Abdul-Mateen II is also set to reunite with The Rock with Emergency Contact, which he'll produce as well.
Ilfenesh Hadera (Stephanie Holden)
Playing the part of Stephanie Holden, a diligent lifeguard and a loyal friend, Ilfenesh Hadera is quite the lifesaver in 2017's Baywatch. Outside of this film, Hadera is best known for her role as Opal Gilstrap in Netflix's She's Gotta Have It. Additionally, the actress's other recurring roles include Deb Kawi in Showtime's Billions, Lisa in Netflix's Master of None, Serena in NBC's Chicago Fire, and Naomi Golden in ABC's Conviction. Furthermore, Hadera was part of the main cast for ABC's short-lived series, Deception. Her other TV credits include The Blacklist, The Punisher, Difficult People, and Show Me a Hero. Additionally, Hadera's other film credits include Spike Lee's Oldboy and Chi-Raq. Currently, the actress plays the part of Mayme Johnson in Epix's Godfather of Harlem.
Oscar Nunez (Councilman Rodriguez)
As Councilman Rodriguez, an ill-fated local politician, Oscar Nunez played a short-lived supporting character in 2017's Baywatch. Most notably, Nunez is best known for his role as Oscar Martinez in NBC's immensely popular The Office. He's also Emmy-nominated for his performance in History Channel's The Crossroads of History. Additionally, Nunez created and starred in Comedy Central's short-lived Halfway Home and co-starred in USA Network's Benched. Furthermore, Nunez played Father Doug in TBS's People of Earth. Currently, the television actor appears in Netflix's Mr. Iglesias as Assistant-Principal Carlos Hernandez. His other television credits include Malcolm in the Middle, Reno 911!, and Shameless. He's also heard in 3Below: Tales from Arcadia.
Additionally, away from TV, Oscar Nunez's other film credits include The Proposal, The 33, Reno 911!: Miami, The Italian Job, and Miss Stevens. Last year, he appeared in Yes. Earlier this year, Nunez was seen in in NBC's Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist. At the moment, the comedy actor is filming roles in Disenchanted and The Lost City of D. Additionally, Nunez will be heard in the dark comedy podcast series, The Bystanders.
Rob Huebel (Captain Thorpe)
In the role of Captain Thorpe, Mitch's disloyal superior, Rob Huebel played a secondary antagonist in 2017's Baywatch. As an actor, writer, and comedian, Huebel is best known for MTV's sketch comedy series, Human Giant. He also played Dr. Owen Maestro in Adult Swim's Children's Hospital. Furthermore, Huebel played recurring roles in Transparent, The League, The Office, The Goldbergs, and Burning Love. Additionally, the actor-writer created YouTube Red's Do You Want to See a Dead Body? Last year, Huebel starred in Netflix's Medical Police and appeared in HBO's I Know This Much Is True.
Additionally, in film, Rob Huebel can be seen in The Descendants, The Other Guys, I Love You Man, and Hell Baby. Most recently, the actor was seen in Spontaneous and Valley Girl. Also, Huebel guest-starred in ABC's A Million Little Things. Next, he'll appear in How It Ends, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and Action #1. Additionally, Huebel is signed on to star in HBO Max's The Sex Lives of College Girls.
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The ‘Baywatch’ Sequel Is in Motion, and Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron Seem Like They’re on Board
Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron are ready to hit the beach again.
Following the release of Baywatch in theaters for Memorial Day weekend, the producers behind the film have revealed plans for a sequel—and the whole lifeguard team is (likely) coming back for another wild ride.
Screenwriters Damian Shannon and Mark Swift are returning, and they already have an idea for the follow-up, producer Beau Flynn told Variety at a screening of the tentpole blockbuster action-comedy.
“We have an amazing story already,” Flynn said. “We’re bringing back (the writers) of the first one, and I know Dwayne would be in, I know Zac and all the girls would be. We just have this really cool idea to put them in this whole new world. We would take it overseas.”
Johnson and Efron topline a strong supporting Baywatch cast, including stunning swimsuit model Kelly Rohrbach, comedian Jon Bass, Billions actress Ilfenesh Hadera, Quantico star Priyanka Chopra, True Detective actress Alexandra Daddario, and upcoming Aquaman villain Yahya Abdul-Mateen.
The first film follows Baywatch Lieutenant Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) and his lifeguard team—Stephanie (Hadera) and CJ (Rohrbach)—as they keep watch on the Emerald City beach. New recruits Summer (Daddario), Ronnie (Bass), and Olympic bad-boy swimmer Matt Brody (Efron) join the squad and go up against nefarious club owner Victoria Leeds (Chopra), linking her to the drugs and dead bodies that keep washing up on the beach.
As he noted in one of his best Saturday Night Live skits from his five hosting gigs, Johnson is “movie franchise Viagra,” and it looks like he has another one on his hands. Johnson is already set to team up with Jason Statham for a Fast & Furious spinoff. He’s also set to return for San Andreas 2 (likely alongside Daddario, who played his character’s daughter in the 2015 disaster flick original) sometime after he finishes filming Rampage, so he’ll have time to prepare for another day at the beach with Efron and company down the line.
Both Daddario and Rohrbach—who both have some hilarious and memorable moments of their own in the film—sounded enthusiastic about continuing the cinematic franchise reboot.
“Yes! I would love to (be back),” Daddario told Variety. “I think it’s very cool to be part of a franchise, and I think it helps get other work. It’s fun. You get to travel the world and work with these amazing people, and you get to make people laugh, so I’m completely down for it.”
Rohrbach was just as effusive: “Of course, I couldn’t have asked for a better cast on my first film,” she told Variety. “These guys are awesome. They’re hilarious, they’re loving, they’re generous. We really were a family, and I think that comes through on the screen, as well.”
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Baywatch 2: Will There be a Sequel?
Funnily enough, my very first memory of this “as American as it can get” iconic TV show is that of Chandler from ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S’ lusting away at his screen watching the show, asking Yasmine Bleeth to “run like the wind”. Other than that, my exposure to the show came years later, and it didn’t take a lot of episodes for me to realize that it wasn’t my cup of tea, as I suppose the same to be true for the other side as well, with legions of its fans making the series an everlasting success and the “most watched show in the US”, thanks to Syndication.
The film, however, did little to add to the legacy of 80s TV shows being converted to movies, and failed to follow ’21 Jump Street’ into the hall of fame. However, the film did manage to bring in $177 Million on a modest investment of roughly $65 Million, thus warranting a sequel, which was almost immediately greenlit, but chatter around it died out soon enough. There was apparently a working script too to take things forward, but that too has become increasingly scarce in mentions, the reasons for which we examine in the upcoming sections. So, while we are not explicitly ruling it out, there are chances that it may not happen. Conversely, it may as well, because, well, Hollywood. Read on to find out everything we know of a possible ‘Baywatch’ sequel.
Baywatch 2 Plot: What Can It Be About?
Obviously, the first reports that flowed in as soon as ‘Baywatch’ brought in a respectable sum of money was that a sequel had been greenlit. The producer, Beau Flynn even announced that they had managed to put together an “amazing” story, and would see the entire cast travel overseas for a similar adventure, while the first one dealt with the misadventures of Florida lifeguards headed by Mitch Buchannon and their attempts to bring down a drug lord.
The film also puts on display a characteristic raunchy, adult humour, one that was straightaway dismissed as “stale and uninspired” and had few takers with the audience as well. The sequel might have to switch that up, and most definitely, the villain as well. Not that I think Priyanka Chopra didn’t make a gorgeous villain, because looking gorgeous is definitely not the problem with this (possible) franchise, but what the sequel probably needs is a “great” villain.
There are two sound reasons why I think ‘Baywatch’ turned out to be a commercial success. The first is obviously the two big stars headlining it, Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. The second, kind of a dormant one, is the people who were fans of the original run of the show, and would be lured into theatres in the hopes of reliving that nostalgia and giddy pleasure, because let’s face it, the show offered little else apart from that. I strictly don’t speak for the second category and whether they got their money’s worth, but the first one sure would have, as long as they kept their brains shut. If Paramount and the other people behind the film manage to tap into the first ones solely as their audience, they can actually turn in a sequel that can be even more lucrative than the first.
However, its boon has also become its bane, since Johnson and Efron are both global stars, with both having increasingly busy schedules across the upcoming years and a number of upcoming films. The overall lacklustre reception of this film may hinder Efron and Johnson from clearing up their schedules for a sequel on this film, especially now since the studios too seem partially interested at best.
That’s right, with the film and its possible success back when it was released, the original makers of ‘Baywatch’ the series planned on revitalizing the series for television again. This was also dependent on how good the remastered release of the original series on DVD and Bluray did after being released only this year, but even they seem to put off for now, and according to latest reports, the makers may be looking at a complete reboot, either through Paramount television or the film itself.
Baywatch 2 Cast: Who Can Be In It?
I hardly think that any of the cast members would be contracted to return since this is usually the kind of film, the possibility of sequels for which depends solely on the commercial performance of the first; but if a sequel materialises, one can assume that the entire cast should be up for a reprisal of their roles, including Dwayne Johnson as Mitch Buchannon; Zac Efron as Matt Brody; Alexandra Daddario as Summer Quinn; Jon Bass as Ronnie Greenbaum; Kelly Rohrbach as C. J. Parker; Ilfenesh Hadera as Stephanie Holden; Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Sgt. Ellerbee; Rob Huebel as Captain Thorpe; and Pamela Anderson as Casey Jean Parker, who only appeared toward the end of the film in a cameo capacity, and a nod to the original since Pamela Anderson played the same character then. The way the first film retires with C.J. Parker being placed as the captain of Baywatch would be really nice to see develop into a full time role for Anderson in the sequel, if it happens.
Baywatch 2 Crew: Who Can Be Behind It?
The film was directed by Seth Gordon who gave me some hope in R-rated and mature comedy apart from the Judd Apatow–Seth Rogen brand of comedy, having come out with the hilarious ‘Horrible Bosses’, and having directed a few episodes of ‘The Office’, ‘Parks and Recreation’, and ‘Modern Family’ earlier. This film had it all undone, and while I am not sure a sequel to ‘Baywatch’ is happening, I don’t see why he couldn’t be brought back on board by Paramount if a sequel does happen. Other than that, no confirmations have been afloat in the press as of now.
Baywatch 2 Release Date: When Can It Premiere?
There is currently no word on this, but we do know that the sequel isn’t moving into production any time soon, as of now. So, assuming that it catches on later this year, a Baywatch 2 release date of 2021 seems completely tangible for a project of this nature.
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Baywatch 2 Updates: Will The Sequel Happen?
While the movie received a very mixed response it was a financial success so will Baywatch 2 ever happen? A follow-up was reported in 2017.
The original film was a hit remake based off the classic show so could Baywatch 2 still happen? The original Baywatch TV series starred David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson and followed the misadventures of a group of L.A. lifeguards. The show was originally canceled after its first season but would thrive through later seasons on syndication. It's success also spawned spinoffs like the famously awful Baywatch Nights.
A big screen remake of the show had been rumored for years, with Eli Roth (Hostel) once attached as a producer. The project finally moved forward when Dwayne Johnson signed on to play Mitch Buchannon. The reboot soon assembled a solid cast, including Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, and Alexandra Daddario. The movie also took clear inspiration from the big screen remake of 21 Jump Street, with the film paying homage to the source material but with tongue firmly in cheek.
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While Baywatch was financial hit it wasn't well received critically, with reviewers finding much of the humor uninspired and stale. Bearing the reception to the movie in mind is Baywatch 2 still on the cards?
Baywatch 2 Would Take The Team Overseas
Shortly after the film's release, producer Beau Flynn (Rampage) announced a sequel was already being written and would have an "amazing" story. The original cast was set to return and it would find the lifeguard team on a new overseas adventure. While the film would prove to be a success, little has been heard about the planned follow-up since 2017.
Dwayne Johnson Is Busy With Other Sequels
Dwayne Johnson is something of a workaholic and is constantly jumping from project to project. He also has a number of other franchises to focus on, including Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw, Jumanji 2 and there's still the possibility of him appearing in a Black Adam movie.
His schedule looks pretty full in the years again too, to the point where potential sequels like Journey 3 were canceled when it was clear he wouldn't find time to make them. It's possible Johnson's workload is one reason nothing has been heard about Baywatch 2, but given the film's mostly negative reception and modest box-office success, he may have decided a follow-up wasn't worth the time investment.
A New Baywatch Series Is Being Developed
A remastered version of the original Baywatch arrived on Amazon in 2019 and it was mentioned in late 2018 a reboot series could follow if the remaster was a hit. FremantleMedia's Bob McCourt admitted they expected to revive Baywatch following the movie, but its mixed reviews delayed those plans. Given the reception to the movie and plans for a new series, it feels like Baywatch 2 probably won't happen. Johnson and Efron are busy with other projects and the reboot itself is widely considered a dud. If another movie does happen, it will probably be another reboot.
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Baywatch 2:Release Date, The Rock & Zac Efron are Returning!
Baywatch is the movie which includes genre like Action and Comedy. This movie is based on the tv series named Baywatch. This movie was released on May 25, 2017. Baywatch 2 will be the next part in the series
The budget of the movie was $69 million and able to collect around $177.9 all over the Globe. But this movie did get a lot of negative reviews for its storyline and humor.
Baywatch 2 Official Announcement
There isn’t any confirmed news if there is going to be the second part of Baywatch. But if there is going to be the second part, the release date can be somewhere in 2021. But for now, there is no news about the sequel.
We don’t know if there is going to be a sequel or not, so we can just guess the cast not. Dwayne Johnson can be seen as Mitch Buchannon.
Zac Efron can be back as Matt Brody. Priyanka Chopra is expected to be seen as Victoria Leeds of Baywatch 2!
Alexandra Daddario can reappear as Summer Quinn. We can also expect an entirely new cast or some new faces included.
We did see in the first movie when a very dangerous crime did come towards the beach. The famous lifeguard Mitch Buchannon leads his squad of lifeguards to save the bay and also tells everyone that you don’t need the badge to do something right.
Baywatch 2 Release Date
There is currently no word on this, but we do know that the sequel isn’t moving into production any time soon, as of now. So, assuming that it catches on later this year, a Baywatch 2 release date of 2021 seems completely tangible for a project of this nature.
Matt Brody goes undercover and tries to take down the merciless businesswoman who has some wicked plans for the bay. We did see that the movie did get pretty bad ratings and reviews from critics and audiences.
The critics only did say that the acting of Dwayne Johnson was good. We can hope that if there is going to be the second part of Baywatch, the storyline definitely needs improvement. And the humor in the film also needs a lot of development. So we can hope that Baywatch 2 does come with some nice storyline.,
Baywatch 2 Expected Plot
Clearly, the primary reports that streamed in when ‘Baywatch’ acquired a good aggregate of cash were that a spin-off had been greenlit. The maker, Beau Flynn even declared that they had figured out how to assemble an “astonishing” story, and would see the whole cast travel abroad for a comparable experience, while the first managed the misfortunes of Florida lifeguards headed by Mitch Buchannon and their endeavors to cut down a medication master.
The film likewise puts in plain view a trademark tasteless, grown-up humor, one that was immediately excused as “stale and deadened” and had scarcely any takers with the crowd also. The continuation may need to switch that up, and undoubtedly, the scoundrel also. Not that I think Priyanka Chopra didn’t make a flawless lowlife, since looking ravishing is certainly not the issue with this (conceivable) establishment, however, what the continuation most likely needs is an “incredible” miscreant. Baywatch 2 will follow from where Baywatch 1 was left.
There are two sound reasons why I think ‘Baywatch’ ended up being a business achievement. The first is clearly the two major stars featuring it, Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. Baywatch 2, sort of a torpid one, is the individuals who were enthusiasts of the first run of the show and would be attracted into theatres with expectations of remembering that sentimentality and thrilled joy since let’s be honest, the show offered little else separated from that.
I carefully don’t represent the subsequent classification and whether they got their cash’s worth, however, the first sure would have, as long as they kept their cerebrums shut. If Paramount and the others behind the film figure out how to take advantage of the initial ones exclusively as their crowd, they can really turn in a continuation that can be significantly more rewarding than the first.
In any case, its help has additionally become its bane, since Johnson and Efron are both worldwide stars, with both having progressively bustling timetables over the up and coming years and various up and coming movies. The general dull gathering of this film may thwart Efron and Johnson from clearing up their timetables for a continuation on this film in Baywatch 2, particularly now since the studios also appear to be incompletely intrigued, best case scenario.
Baywatch is available on Amazon Prime Video So those who want to watch it can check it out there.
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Will We Ever See A Baywatch 2?
Baywatch, in its original incarnation as a TV series, was a certifiable cultural force. It may not have been a hit with critics, but its hallmarks, like its iconic cast's red uniforms and its slow-motion running montages, remain visual touchstones even in today's popular culture. So, when it was announced that Baywatch would serve as the source material for a tongue-in-cheek movie adaptation starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Zac Efron, the idea, while risky, had footing firmly in the cultural zeitgeist. The Phil Lord- and Christopher Miller-directed 21 Jump Street before it had even set a blueprint for a successful comedy movie adaptation of an old TV series.
Upon its release, however, the movie version of Baywatch was a flop. Its raunchy sense of humor, while likely intended to spice up its outdated source material, was received by critics, rather, as uninspired. Reviews and box office numbers alike were reflective of an unsatisfactory performance for a Dwayne Johnson- and Zac Efron-led vehicle. In fact, in a recent poll, voters determined Baywatch to be Johnson's worst movie of his career.
For those hoping for a sequel, then, its poor performance and legacy as a low point in Johnson's filmography remain unencouraging. That said, a sequel isn't entirely outside the realm of possibility.