There is an unofficial Baywatch spin-off film on the horizon. Although legally, The B-Team can’t mention Baywatch, because it doesn’t have the production rights to the original TV series, it has plenty in common with the LA-based show. Here’s what we know so far.
It’s called The B-Team and is a tongue-in-cheek spy film
The concept behind The B-Team is that the stars of Baywatch weren’t actually actors by trade, but CIA agents, who were pretending to be household name stars while secretly fighting crime. It’s also a pointed look at the lives and careers of the dredges of Hollywood. British director Chris Cottom told The Independent: “There are mentions of rehab and boob jobs and ages and The B-Team is a joke about B-List actors – it’s quite refreshing.”
It has a similar concept to Made In Chelsea
According to confirmed cast member Alexandra Paul (see below), the original actors are playing themselves but placed in a fictional situation, similar to Channel Four’s scripted reality series Made In Chelsea. Paul said: “The B Team is an action comedy with some reality thrown in. We play ourselves, so the audience might not know what is true-to-life and what is made up for the movie… Were we really agents for the US government during our heyday? The CIA has used famous people as spies before.”
The word ‘Baywatch’ cannot be mentioned at any time
The makers of The B-Team can’t legally say the name of the original series. So although an abundance of red swimming costumes have been promised, whenever the word “Baywatch” is likely to crop up, an explosion or loud domestic accident happens simultaneously.
John Cleese will be a British baddie
The Monty Python member will take a break from not performing the silly walk at the O2 to star as a well-spoken villian, intent on destroying the world with nuclear weapons from the comfort of his Mediterranean yacht.According to Uproxx, Cleese’s character is called Victor Van Vaught.
‘A bunch’ of original Baywatch actors are involved
Including, Jaason Simmons and Alexandra Paul, above, who played troublemaker Logan Fowler and tragic lifeguard Stephanie Holden, respectively. Jeremy Jackson, the actor who played Hobie Buchannon, son of David Hasselhoff’s character Mitch, is also in the cast.
Pamela Anderson and Hasselhoff may or may not appear
Both are heavily rumoured to, and there is some evidence in the archives to suggest they might. In 2012 an oral history of Baywatch was published in Esquire and original Baywatch writing duo Michael Berk and Douglas Schwartz said they had written a script for a Baywatch film in which Anderson and Hasselhoff both had cameo roles. More mysteriously, Schwartz said they denied Hoff a starring role: “David wanted to be the star of the film, which isn’t going to happen.”
However, in the same piece, Anderson dashed the dreams of a million fans in order to preserve the dream of Baywatch, saying: “I know they’ve asked me to do something with the movie, and I don’t think I will. No, actually, I wouldn’t. I don’t want to play someone’s mom, you know? I don’t want to go on a Baywatch movie and just play an older woman who — I’d rather leave the dream alone.”
But this almost sounded like Anderson was making her mind up on the spot, plus she has reportedly just filed for a second divorce from her husband Rick Salomon. Perhaps she might like to live The B-Team Dream now.
The B-Team has had more writers and directors attached to it than most people can count
Currently, British director Chris Cottam is claiming he’s in charge. However, less than a year ago Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, writers of American sitcom Reno: 911!, claimed they would be making the Baywatch film and “eight or nine” sequels that would “basically be Reno 911 with sexy people.” Prior to that, Schwartz and Berk were directing the project and there were seven different writers before them including Hangover scribe Jeremy Garelick.
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