Reports claimed that the classic TV show, “Wet Hot American Summer” could make a comeback thanks to Netflix. The 2001 comedy is composed of up-and-coming comedic stars, who plays as campers at fictional Camp Firewood, may have a 10-episode prequel for the streaming service.
Movie’s creators, David Wain and Michael Showalter, the serialized “Wet Hot” intend to reunite most of the original cast members. And they are going to play as high-school-age characters, though they are already on their 40’s.
Despite the fact, that might be impossible to complete the old casts, their plan is to shoot each character in just a few days because it is impossible to shoot the whole casts in every episode. The original cast are made up of Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Marino, Molly Shannon, Christopher Meloni, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Ian Black, Joe Lo Truglio and Showalter. Wain was the director of the movie.
Universal Pictures, distributor of the 2001 film, is considering to come aboard the project, but there are no guarantees that the series will push through. “Wet Hot” will follow in the mold Netflix first struck for “Arrested Development,” another comedy that made become popular because of Netflix.
Ever since “Wet Hot” become more successful on home video than in theaters, the movie’s creators decided to create a sequel that never materialized. The creators already talked about the sequel in prequel form, but never in TV series form.
The rumors started in 2011, when Wain revealed that he was talking to someone to push the idea. Wain requested that Universal re-release a DVD of “Wet Hot,” including special features for the movie’s then-10th anniversary, but it didn’t happened. In an interview with Q&A he said, “I told them we would be willing to do a new prequel teaser short for it and new interviews and new material but they were like, ‘No, nobody buys it. Nobody cares.’”
After a year, Wain appeared with new information in regards with a “Wet Hot” follow-up. He admitted to Laughspin that the project was currently being made at a slow rate, and added that the scripts are just a few pages yet.
A few months later, in February 2012, Wain was the tiebreaker in an on-going debate between Showalter (co-writer and star) and Black (star) who went back and forth in the “will it or won’t it” game.
“What I’m saying is we’re writing the script and sort of making the initial preparations,” the writer-director confirmed to the Playlist. “No movie is a guarantee until it’s in theaters. But we’re at that stage of the process and we intend to make it. Can I guarantee that it’s going to happen? Of course not.”