‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Series is Actually Moving Forward at Netflix

By December 16, 2014

All the way back at the beginning of the summer, we heard that Netflix was looking into reviving the 80s summer camp comedy spoof Wet Hot American Summer in the form of a TV series, and now that project is finally moving forward.

E! Online has learned that the series continuance of the comedy from David Wain is planning to begin production in January with a story that continues the adventures of our characters from the first film,which included the likes of Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Christopher Meloni, Bradley Cooper, Janeane Garafalo, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, Molly Shannon, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and Marguerite Moreau.

As of now it’s not clear if this will be a sequel or a prequel, but when Wain discussed the project back in 2011 when it was being developed as a movie, making a prequel story was part of the comedy with all of the actors now 13 years older, but playing younger versions of their characters. Wain said, “The prequel would be the same summer so they would be 20 years old for the part yeah, but not younger. So it would be 40-year olds playing 16-year olds. And yeah, we’re in the early stages of thinking about that.”

Wet Hot American Summer - Cast Reunion

And back in 2012, Wain revealed that pretty much the entire cast of the original film would be coming back for this flick. And considering the large ensemble nature of the film, that won’t be hard to accomplish despite that fact that Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Marino and Joe Lo Truglio are bigger stars than they were back then.

The use of the same cast, not accounting for their aging, is just the kind of absurd thing that we would expect form Wain, and it’s just going to make the proceedings funnier. But at this point, we have no idea how long this series would run, or when it will premiere on the streaming service. But of course, we’re just happy to hear that it’s actually happening.

Wain, who directed the original film, will executive produce the series with writing partner and longtime collaborator Michael Showalter. We’re hoping for some kind of official announcement from Netflix soon, so stay tuned.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.