FremantleMedia International has announced that it has remastered all 242 episodes of the classic lifeguard drama Baywatch into full HD and is set to shop it to broadcasters around the globe.
According to Deadline, the remaster was prompted by the 2017 feature film headlined by Dwayne Johnson, which “rejuvenated the brand” despite mixed reviews. In addition to an HD upgrade, the episodes have been moved from a 4:3 aspect ratio to 16:9, and will introduce contemporary songs (although it will keep its original theme).
Freemantle is approaching international broadcasters and streaming platforms as potential outlets, and should the response prove positive, it may also lead to a TV reboot of the series.
“I think we thought the film might have given us reason to reboot the TV series, but given the mixed reviews that didn’t happen straight away,” said FremantleMedia International COO Bob McCourt. “I think if this remastered version is sold extensively and a new audience comes to Baywatch, then it will give us a real indication as to whether a new series could be successful. We would definitely think seriously about making a new series and maybe we’ll get approached by some broadcasters about making one.”