Netflix Eyes ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Series

The long-gestating follow-up to cult 2001 feature comedy Wet Hot American Summer finally might come together in the form of a series for Netflix. The streaming service is in talks with the film’s co-writer/director David Wain and co-writer Michael Showalter, who have been the driving force behind reviving the project, set at a summer camp. Sources stress that the conversations are ongoing and could fall apart, but there is will on both sides to make this happen. According to Variety, which first reported the talks, the series would try to reunite many of the original cast members. The film, which failed at the box office before achieving cult status, starred then-up-and-comer Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Marino, Molly Shannon, Christopher Meloni, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce and Michael Ian Black. Wain and Showalter had publicly discussed their ideas for a Wet Hot American Summer prequel with the original cast members playing teenage versions of the characters. If the Wet Hot American Summer series comes together, it is expected to employ the model used by Netflix to revive another comedy cult, the 2003-06 Fox series Arrested Development, which was able to reassemble its entire original cast.

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