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.