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‘Baywatch’ Origin Story: How One Lifeguard Turned His Dream Into A Hassle That Paid Hoff

‘Baywatch’ Origin Story: How One Lifeguard Turned His Dream Into A Hassle That Paid Hoff
Gregory Bonann was a lifeguard at Will Rogers State Beach in 1977 when he helped two children who were caught in a riptide. That rescue would ultimately change his life – and the face of television, setting the stage for the eventual “Baywatch” juggernaut.

Now, with the new feature adaptation of “Baywatch” in theaters this weekend, it’s time to revisit the unusual story of how the lifeguard show made it on the air – ultimately producing 242 episodes before ending its run in 2001.

It all started because it turns out Bonnan had saved the children of Stu Erwin, an executive at Mtm – the independent production company behind series like “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Bob Newhart Show,” and run by legendary exec Grant Tinker.

While visiting Mtm’s offices in Studio City, Bonann pitched Erwin on a drama about lifeguards. The company passed, but Bonann took the opportunity to learn all about the TV biz.
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‘Baywatch’ Origin Story: How One Lifeguard Turned His Dream Into A Hassle That Paid Hoff

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‘Baywatch’ Origin Story: How One Lifeguard Turned His Dream Into A Hassle That Paid Hoff
Gregory Bonann was a lifeguard at Will Rogers State Beach in 1977 when he helped two children who were caught in a riptide. That rescue would ultimately change his life – and the face of television, setting the stage for the eventual “Baywatch” juggernaut.

Now, with the new feature adaptation of “Baywatch” in theaters this weekend, it’s time to revisit the unusual story of how the lifeguard show made it on the air – ultimately producing 242 episodes before ending its run in 2001.

It all started because it turns out Bonnan had saved the children of Stu Erwin, an executive at Mtm – the independent production company behind series like “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Bob Newhart Show,” and run by legendary exec Grant Tinker.

While visiting Mtm’s offices in Studio City, Bonann pitched Erwin on a drama about lifeguards. The company passed, but Bonann took the opportunity to learn all about the TV biz.
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Watch Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron in ‘Baywatch’ Super Bowl Trailer

Watch Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron in ‘Baywatch’ Super Bowl Trailer
A new set of ultra-toned lifeguards will be hitting the beaches of Los Angeles this summer.

The latest trailer for “Baywatch,” the film adaptation of the hit 1990’s television series, was released Sunday afternoon during the Super Bowl on Fox.

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In the film, Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), a forthright veteran lifeguard, goes head-to-head with a rash recruit named Matt Brody (Zac Efron). When the two discover that a criminal plot is in the works that is threatening their beach, they are forced to put aside their differences.

In the Super Bowl spot, they get into gear… very revealing gear, that is. When Efron tears off his pants to unleash an American flag-themed bathing suit, Johnson asks him, “What are you wearing?” Efron quickly answers, “Freedom.”

The film also stars Priyanka Chopra, who plays the lead antagonist of the film, along with Kelly Rohrbach playing C.
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David Ellison’s Skydance Launches Uncharted Label With ‘Baywatch’

David Ellison’s Skydance Launches Uncharted Label With ‘Baywatch’
David Ellison’s Skydance media company has launched a new Uncharted label with Dwayne Johnson’s “Baywatch” action-comedy movie as its first title.

Skydance will continue to produce content driven by action-adventure such as the “Mission: Impossible” franchise; science fiction such as the “Star Trek” movies; fantasy such as “World War Z”; and world-building. Uncharted will focus on exceptional stories that fall outside those areas.

Ellison launched Skydance at Paramount in 2010 with $350 million in co-financing and co-production funds. “True Grit” was its first title, followed by “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol.”

Baywatch” is scheduled to be released on May 26 and follows Johnson’s devoted lifeguard character as he butts heads with a brash new recruit, played by Zac Efron. Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz, Gregory J. Bonann, Beau Flynn, and Ivan Reitman will produce; Ellison will exec produce along with Skydance execs Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger alongside Michele Berk, Mary Rohlich,
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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Baywatch’ Moved Back A Week to Memorial Day Weekend

Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Baywatch’ Moved Back A Week to Memorial Day Weekend
Paramount Pictures has moved Dwayne Johnson’s action-comedy “Baywatch” back a week to May 26, the start of the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The move means a direct face-off with Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales” in the fifth iteration of the Johnny Depp franchise, along with Sony’s sci-fier “Life,” starring Rebecca Ferguson and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Johnson stars in the movie reboot of the 1990s television series “Baywatch.” Zac Efron also stars along with Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Ilfenesh Hadera, Jon Bass, Priyanka Chopra, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson.

Seth Gordon is directing. Johnson will also produce the movie with his partner Dany Garcia through their Seven Bucks Productions banner. Beau Flynn and Ivan Reitman are producing as well, along with Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz and Greg Bonann.

Damian Shannon and Mark Swift wrote the latest draft of the script. Plot details have been kept under wraps.
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‘Baywatch’ Producer Douglas Schwartz Rides ‘Sunset Limo’

‘Baywatch’ Producer Douglas Schwartz Rides ‘Sunset Limo’
Baywatch” producer Douglas Schwartz of Life’s a Beach Entertainment has optioned “Sunset Limo,” an original comedy series by helmer-scribe David Ponce de Leon (“Road to Juarez”). Inspired by actual events, “Sunset Limo” is based on the memoirs of a veteran limo driver who chauffeured Hollywood royalty for nearly three decades.

Described as an “adrenaline-fueled… ‘behind the scenes’ look at the inner world of Hollywood’s A-Listers, music industry elite and top business moguls,” “Sunset Limo” marks a return to the small screen for Schwartz who recently produced a feature film version of “Baywatch,” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron for Paramount Pictures, slated to bow next year. Schwartz is currently shopping “Sunset Limo” to the usual suspects, including networks, premium cable channels and streaming services.

Ponce de Leon and Jose Hendrickson, who penned Lionsgate heist comedy “Ladron que roba a ladron,” co-wrote the pilot script.

Ponce de Leon began his TV career in 1987 as
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How A Young Leonardo DiCaprio Almost Hit The Beach For ‘Baywatch’

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How A Young Leonardo DiCaprio Almost Hit The Beach For ‘Baywatch’
Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario and Dwayne Johnson have snagged leads in the upcoming “Baywatch” movie, but an original casting idea for the TV series would have seen an even bigger star slip into one of those famous red swimsuits.

Read More: Priyanka Chopra Fans Upset She’s Not Featured On First ‘Baywatch’ Poster: ‘They Always Leave Out The Asian’

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, original “Baywatch” producers Michael Berk and Douglas Schwartz spilled a particularly juicy set secret: A young Leonardo DiCaprio was almost cast as David Hasselhoff’s son.

“We actually had DiCaprio ready to be cast,” Berk told THR, “But David thought he was too old to play his son.”

According to Schwartz, Hasselhoff thought DiCaprio’s casting would make him look older. “He had a lot of concerns of that type,” Schwartz admitted. Jeremy Jackson, six years Leo’s junior, was cast instead.

Nevertheless,
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Baywatch Producers Reveal Nicole Eggert Got a Massive Boob Job to Compete with Pamela Anderson

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Baywatch Producers Reveal Nicole Eggert Got a Massive Boob Job to Compete with Pamela Anderson
Nicole Eggert's appearance changed during the filming of Baywatch - and it might have been because of costar Pamela Anderson. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Baywatch's original producers, Michael Berk and Douglas Schwartz, opened up about the show - which will soon hit the big screen. "[Nicole Eggert] felt a little bit competitive with Pam," Berk told the magazine. "She had a beautiful athletic body but didn't have big boobs at all. Maybe she was feeling a little bit of pressure. There was a holiday weekend and for a couple of days she called in sick afterward. Then
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Baywatch Producers Reveal Nicole Eggert Got a Massive Boob Job to Compete with Pamela Anderson

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Baywatch Producers Reveal Nicole Eggert Got a Massive Boob Job to Compete with Pamela Anderson
Nicole Eggert's appearance changed during the filming of Baywatch - and it might have been because of costar Pamela Anderson. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Baywatch's original producers, Michael Berk and Douglas Schwartz, opened up about the show - which will soon hit the big screen. "[Nicole Eggert] felt a little bit competitive with Pam," Berk told the magazine. "She had a beautiful athletic body but didn't have big boobs at all. Maybe she was feeling a little bit of pressure. There was a holiday weekend and for a couple of days she called in sick afterward. Then
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Baywatch Producers Say Nicole Eggert Got a Boob Job Because She Felt ''Competitive'' With Pamela Anderson

Baywatch Producers Say Nicole Eggert Got a Boob Job Because She Felt ''Competitive'' With Pamela Anderson
If you felt some type of way seeing these beauties run along the beach in a red bathing suit on Baywatch, you weren't alone. In fact, ahead of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's reboot of the hit TV show, producers Michael Berk and Douglas Schwartz talked to The Hollywood Reporter to spill some unknown facts about what happened behind the scenes of the series, and it seems like there was a lot of competition between the cast members. Berk and Schwartz shared that blond beauty Nicole Eggert came back to set one day with a visible chest enhancement, and explained that she probably felt some competition with her fellow blond bombshell Pamela Anderson. The interview states that during a brief production...
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Baywatch Almost Derailed Leonardo DiCaprio's Movie Career

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Baywatch Almost Derailed Leonardo DiCaprio's Movie Career
Next year, the iconic TV series Baywatch makes the transition to the big screen with a new reboot starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. The original series is among the most successful of all time, running for 11 seasons between 1989 and 2001, turning stars Pamela Anderson and the rest of the cast into household names. A new retrospective on the original series reveals quite an interesting revelation, that Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio was almost cast on the show when he was just a teenager.

Before he went on to make Oscar winning blockbusters, Leonardo DiCaprio's career began on the small screen, with roles on the 1990 TV series Parenthood and a recurring arc on Growing Pains. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that, at just 15 years of age, the actor auditioned for the role of Mitch Buchannon's (David Hasselhoff) son, Hobie Buchannon, but David Hasselhoff himself "nixed" the casting. Baywatch's original producer Michael Berk
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Pamela Anderson Joins Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Baywatch’ Movie

Pamela Anderson Joins Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Baywatch’ Movie
She’s back.

Pamela Anderson will appear in the “Baywatch” film revival. The actress and model became a household name starring as C.J. Parker on the original iconic television series.

Anderson’s casting news was announced via Dwayne Johnson’s Instagram late Thursday night.

“She introduced the world to ‘Cj Parker’ and became one of the most iconic characters of a generation – for the most successful TV show of all time,” Johnson posted on his Instagram, along with a photo that appeared to be snapped on set. “A pleasure to welcome (as gorgeous as ever) Pamela Anderson to our #Baywatch cast. We couldn’t have made this movie without you. Welcome home. Thrilled you had a blast with us!”

Anderson played the role of C.J. Parker on the original 1989 show from 1992 to 1997. However, in the movie, she won’t be reprising the same role, as model Kelly Rohrbach
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Charlotte McKinney Joins Dwayne Johnson in ‘Baywatch’ Movie

Charlotte McKinney Joins Dwayne Johnson in ‘Baywatch’ Movie
Supermodel Charlotte McKinney has joined the cast of Paramount’s “Baywatch” movie adaptation starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron.

Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, “Quantico” actress Priyanka Chopra and Ilfenesh Hadera are also on board to star. Seth Gordon is directing the film.

Johnson will also produce the movie with his partner Dany Garcia through their Seven Bucks Productions banner. Beau Flynn and Ivan Reitman are producing as well, along with Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz and Greg Bonann.

Damian Shannon and Mark Swift wrote the latest draft of the script. The first footage of the film made a splash at ComicCon last week.

McKinney has been tapped to play one of the locals in the bay community.

The film will mark McKinney’s biggest acting job to date. She previously appeared in season 20 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” as well as appeared in Spike TV’s “Lip Sync Battle
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Baywatch Movie Officially Starts Production

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The cast has been assembled and the beach bodies are ready, as Paramount has announced the start of principal photography on the upcoming Baywatch movie starring Dwayne Johnson and many more. Come inside to check out the announcement's bigger cast list!

A few pictures of the cast on the set of the new Baywatch movie have already been floating around the inter-webs, but today brings about Paramount's official announcement that the movie is currently underway!

Paramount Pictures today announced that principal photography has commenced on “Baywatch,” starring Dwayne Johnson (“Central Intelligence,” “San Andreas,” “Fast & Furious” franchise) and Zac Efron (“Neighbors,” “Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates”). Production will take place in Miami and Savannah.

Seth Gordon (“Horrible Bosses,” “Identity Thief”) is directing the film from a screenplay most recently written by Damian Shannon & Mark Swift and Barry Schwartz. Beau Flynn (“San Andreas,” “Hercules”), Ivan Reitman (“Ghostbusters,” “Up In The Air”), and Michael Berk,
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Principal Photography Begins On Baywatch Starring Dwayne Johnson And Zac Efron

Paramount Pictures today announced that principal photography has commenced on “Baywatch,” starring Dwayne Johnson (“Central Intelligence,” “San Andreas,” “Fast & Furious” franchise) and Zac Efron (“Neighbors,” “Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates”). Production will take place in Miami and Savannah.

The film will be released on May 19, 2017.

Seth Gordon (“Horrible Bosses,” “Identity Thief”) is directing the film from a screenplay most recently written by Damian Shannon & Mark Swift and Barry Schwartz. Beau Flynn (“San Andreas,” “Hercules”), Ivan Reitman (“Ghostbusters,” “Up In The Air”), and Michael Berk, Doug Schwartz (“Soul Surfer”) & Greg Bonann, creators of the iconic “Baywatch” television series, are producing. The executive producers are Michele Berk (“Bandits,” “Kill The Sparrows”), Louise Rosner (“The Big Short, “The Hunger Games” franchise), Tom Pollock (“Up In The Air,” “Old School”), and Ali Bell (“Hitchcock”). Eli Roth is a co-producer.

Baywatch” follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Johnson) as he butts heads with a brash new recruit (Efron). Together,
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Hannibal Buress Joins Dwayne Johnson in ‘Baywatch’ Reboot

Hannibal Buress Joins Dwayne Johnson in ‘Baywatch’ Reboot
Comedian Hannibal Buress is in negotiations to join the cast of Paramount’s “Baywatch” reboot starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron.

Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, “Quantico” actress Priyanka Chopra and Ilfenesh Hadera are also on board to star. Seth Gordon is directing the film.

Johnson will also produce the movie with his partner Dany Garcia through their Seven Bucks Productions banner. Beau Flynn and Ivan Reitman are producing as well, along with Michael Berk, Douglas Schwartz and Greg Bonann.

Damian Shannon and Mark Swift wrote the latest draft of the script. Plot details are currently vague, but sources close to the project reveal that the studio is taking a comedic approach to the story. The movie begins shooting February 22 in Atlanta.

Buress has been tapped to play one of the locals in the bay community. He recently shot an appearance opposite James Franco and Seth Rogen in New Line’s
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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Baywatch’ Movie Casts Jon Bass

Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Baywatch’ Movie Casts Jon Bass
Jon Bass has joined Paramount’s movie reboot of the 1990s television series “Baywatch,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Ilfenesh Hadera and Kelly Rohrbach have been cast in “Baywatch.” The film is directed by Seth Gordon.

Producers are Beau Flynn and Ivan Reitman with Johnson and partner Dany Garcia producing in some capacity. Executive producers are Tom Pollock, Greg Bonnan, Michelle Berk, Michael Berk, Doug Schwartz and Tripp Vinson.

Bass will play the role of Ronnie, who’s described as funny, awkward and a skilled disco dancer. He falls in love with Rohrbach’s C.J. Parker character at the beach.

Damian Shannon and Mark Swift wrote the latest draft of the script. Production is expected to begin in the next few months.

Bass recently wrapped the Jeff Nichols movie “Loving” with Joel Edgerton and Michael Shannon. He was also a series regular on “Big Time in Hollywood,
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Open casting call for Paramount Pictures film 'Baywatch' - La Acting Auditions Examiner

The Paramount Pictures feature film "Baywatch" will be shooting in the Savannah, Ga area starting in March, 2016. An open casting call has been scheduled for January 30, 2016. Starring in "Baywatch" is CinemaCon Award winner Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee Zac Efron, and MTV Movie Awards nominee Alexandra Daddario. Seth Gordon will direct from a screenplay written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. Producers are Michelle Berk, Gregory J. Bonann, and Douglas Schwartz. Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollack, Tripp Vinson and Beau Flynn will serve as executive producers. "Baywatch" centers on a by-the-book and very serious lifeguard who is forced to team up with a young rule-flouting hothead in order to save their beach from environmental destruction at the hands of an oil tycoon.
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Open casting call for Paramount Pictures film 'Baywatch' - La Acting Auditions Examiner

The Paramount Pictures feature film "Baywatch" will be shooting in the Savannah, Ga area starting in March, 2016. An open casting call has been scheduled for January 30, 2016. Starring in "Baywatch" is CinemaCon Award winner Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee Zac Efron, and MTV Movie Awards nominee Alexandra Daddario. Seth Gordon will direct from a screenplay written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. Producers are Michelle Berk, Gregory J. Bonann, and Douglas Schwartz. Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollack, Tripp Vinson and Beau Flynn will serve as executive producers. "Baywatch" centers on a by-the-book and very serious lifeguard who is forced to team up with a young rule-flouting hothead in order to save their beach from environmental destruction at the hands of an oil tycoon.
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Open casting call for Paramount Pictures film 'Baywatch' - La Acting Auditions Examiner

The Paramount Pictures feature film "Baywatch" will be shooting in the Savannah, Ga area starting in March, 2016. An open casting call has been scheduled for January 30, 2016. Starring in "Baywatch" is CinemaCon Award winner Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee Zac Efron, and MTV Movie Awards nominee Alexandra Daddario. Seth Gordon will direct from a screenplay written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. Producers are Michelle Berk, Gregory J. Bonann, and Douglas Schwartz. Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollack, Tripp Vinson and Beau Flynn will serve as executive producers. "Baywatch" centers on a by-the-book and very serious lifeguard who is forced to team up with a young rule-flouting hothead in order to save their beach from environmental destruction at the hands of an oil tycoon.
See full article at LA Acting Auditions »
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