Wet Hot American Summer may return as Netflix prequel series

Fans of the cult-classic comedy Wet Hot American Summer may finally have their wish granted for another project featuring the campers and counselors of Camp Firewood, thanks to a deal for a prequel series on Netflix.

Variety reports that Wet Hot American Summer co-writer/director David Wain and writer Michael Showalter will serve as executive producers for a 10-episode series that hopes to bring back the original film’s cast as high-school versions of their characters. Given that most of the actors from the original film are now in their 40s, this could be an interesting — and predictably weird — angle for the follow-up to the 2001 film, which starred Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Cooper, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Ian Black, David Hyde Pierce, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, Joe Lo Truglio, and Showalter.

Wain and fans of the film have been hoping for another adventure with the Camp Firewood cast for years now, ever since the original found surprising success on the home video market despite a disappointing performance in theaters. While there’s no word — or official confirmation from Netflix — on when the prequel series will land on the streaming service, production is expected to follow the mold of Arrested Development, which reunited the canceled Fox series’ cast for another “season” of episodes.

With many of the stars of Wet Hot American Summer currently in high demand in Hollywood, the project is expected to bring certain members of the cast together to film all of their scenes over a brief period in order to minimize the time necessary to bring the series together.

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