Date: 21st March 2005

Spielberg to make Baywatch movie

Steven Spielberg is behind moves to bring back Baywatch this time to the big screen.

According to the New York Post, Spielberg has secured the movie rights to the show from its co-creator Greg Bonann and plans to make the movie in 2006.

Baywatch debuted in 1989 as a weekly series on NBC starring David Hasselhoff as the lifeguard who patrolled the beaches of Malibu surrounded by a group of scantily clad lifesavers.

The show was cancelled after 11 years during which time it made sex symbols of stars like Pamela Anderson, Yasmine Bleeth, Carmen Electra, Donna D'Errico and Gena Lee Nolan.

The show aired in more than 140 countries and even spawned a spinoff, Baywatch Nights. It was renamed Baywatch Hawaii when it relocated in 1999.

In 2001 it was cancelled when viewing figures in the US fell to just 1.9 million a week.

Source: Press Release