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While some have long forgotten by now, avid fans of 2001’s Wet Hot American Summer, have been dutifully waiting for the writers to make good on the vow Ben (Bradley Cooper) made at the end of the film: “Let’s all promise that in 10 years from today, we’ll meet again, and we’ll see what kind of people we’ve blossomed into.”
Following up on that promise, on April 27 Netflix announced the production of another Wet Hot American Summer TV series that will take place a decade after that fateful last day of camp in 1981, fast forwarding to the era of the Persian Gulf War, the Olsen twins, beanie babies and big hair boy bands.
“That would make them in their mid-20s…I think there’s something there. I wouldn’t mind seeing them as quasi-adults,” David Wain, one of the creators, told Entertainment Weekly last summer. “My personal feeling about these characters and this world is that it has kind of a comic book quality to it, where there is always another story to tell. I’ve always felt like there is no shortage of fun stories we could tell about these characters.”
“I’m surprised there hasn’t been way more stuff about summer camp over the years, because it is such a beautiful, forming part of life,” the Emmy-winner added. “I feel like it’s a place that’s naturally heightened every day, and naturally condensed with drama and teenage hormones, so it’s just naturally cinematic, for me. So I could see continuing to go back — and, of course, with this cast.”
The new series, to be released in 2017, is separate from the first TV series, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, which acted as the prequel to the film and debuted last summer.
The new incarnation will be written by the original creators, Michael Showalter and David Wain, though no casting information has been released. But as all of the stars — including Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Rudd, David Hyde Pierce, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Amy Poehler, Christopher Meloni and Ken Marino — returned for the prequel, odds are, they’ll return for this.
The film was a critical and commercial failure, grossing just $259,000 at the box office, but it found new life as a cult hit, much because of its cast of comedic heavyweights, and that First Day of Camp earned fairly positive reviews upon its release is sure to have helped.