Netflix May Turn Summer Cult Classic ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Into A TV Series

By May 23, 2014
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Thirteen years ago, writer/director David Wain unleashed the ’80s answer to the ’70s summer camp hit, Meatballs, known as Wet Hot American Summer, and it was hilarious.

And now, sources say Netflix may bring it on as one of their original series with the film’s creators – the aforementioned David Wain and fellow “The State” member Michael Showalter – sitting as executive producers. They’ll also try to bring back as many members of the film’s cast as possible, and it’s one HELL of an original cast.

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Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Marino, Molly Shannon, Christopher Meloni,  Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Ian Black, A.D. Miles, Judah Friedlander, Joe Lo Truglio, and Michael Showalter are all entering their 40s, but the thought of having this comedic brilliance all sharing camera time once again makes me giddy. Variety says that if this reunion happens, not every member of the cast would appear in every episode, so Wain and Showalter’s plan is to have to have a rotating schedule where the EXTREMELY successful castmembers can come in and shoot their scenes in a few days.

If you’ve never seen Wet Hot American Summer (SHAME ON YOU), here’s a bit of comedy goodness:

As a child who actually went to summer camp in the ’80s, this is one of my favorite films EVER. There are two camps (no pun intended) when it comes to WHAS: those who get it, and those who don’t. The movie, which performed terribly when it was in theaters, was one of the first absurdist comedies of the 2000s, and paved the way for the kind of weird humor that’s become almost commonplace today.

So far, Netflix hasn’t commented officially on the matter, but you best believe I’m keeping an eye on this! What do you think – could Wet Hot American Summer be a good TV series? Would you tune in?

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