A Prequel for ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Is in the Works for Netflix

/ May 23, 2014

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The characters of “Wet Hot American Summer,” a cult-comedy film from writer Michael Showalter (“Stella”) and director David Wain (“Role Models,” “Wainy Days”) could be coming back in prequel form on Netflix, multiple sources have confirmed to VideoInk.

The comedy, which was released theatrically in 2001 and later found a cult fanbase among the college set, starred a laundry list of actors you’re more than familiar with by now. Outside of members of the critically acclaimed sketch comedy troupe The State, including Showalter, Wain, Michael Ian Black (who’s teamed with Showalter and Wain on “Stella”), Ken Marino (“Burning Love”), and Joe Lo Truglio (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), the film’s cast included Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, and Christopher Meloni.

According to people familiar with the new project, most if not the entire cast would return for the prequel. To make it possible, the series would employ a production model similar to what Mitch Hurwitz did with his all-new season of “Arrested Development” on Netflix — in that not every character would appear in each episode, with actors only being required to shoot their scenes in a few days.

If ordered, which I’m told is “close” to happening, the prequel series would run for a 10-episode season.

Wain and Showalter would return to executive produce.

Per Variety, which was first to report on the deal, Universal Pictures, which distributed the “Wet Hot American Summer” feature film, has an option to board the project.

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