Incredibly enough, the iconic lifeguard television series "Baywatch" is on its way to theaters. According to zap2it.com on Jan. 22, the production has tapped "Saturday Night Live" star Bill Hader to play the role of Mitch, the character made famous by pop culture icon David Hasselhoff.
While "Baywatch" without Hasselhoff or Pamela Anderson seems hard to get behind, one very positive aspect of the upcoming reboot is that Robert Ben Garant will write the script. Garant worked with the brilliant MTV sketch comedy group "The State" in the '90s and then helped create "Reno 911."
According to the article, the movie will keep Garant's humor, while dealing with serious situations in a "faux serious attitude." Plus, for fans of the show, Garant said that both Hasselhoff and Anderson will have cameo appearances in the film.
Hader, born and raised in Oklahoma, joined "Saturday Night Live" as a cast member in 2005, and has turned in great performances as Al Pacino, Julian Assange and Charlie Sheen. He also is not a stranger to the world of movies, appearing in "Superbad," "Hot Rod," "Adventureland," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "Paul."
During its time on television, "Baywatch" was one of the most watched television show in the world, airing from 1989-1999.
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.