It’s not every day that a cult film gets a television spinoff, and it’s even more rare that the spinoff gets the entire original cast gets on board as well. Such is the case with Wet Hot American Summer, the 2001 film that poked fun at sex comedies of the 1980s. The flick was goofy, dumb, silly, as well as a critical and commercial failure at the time, bringing in only $295,000. Yes, that’s just over a quarter of a million dollars at the box office, from a $1.8 million budget. However, as reported by the Inquisitr, Wet Hot American Summer‘s cult following eventually led to the decision by Netflix to create a spinoff series with much of the same cast. Now, with the new teaser released by Netflix, it is very clear that they were serious about reuniting the entire cast.
As mentioned before, Wet Hot American Summer was released in 2001, though it chronicled the exploits of a group of counselors on the last day at Camp Firewood for the summer. The film, however, took place in 1981, and the Wet Hot American Summer Netflix series plans to do the same, only this time on the first day of camp instead of the last. The obvious question, then, is what the series plans on doing in regards to their age. The writers Michael Showalter and David Wain seem to have made it clear that they plan to acknowledge such things as little as possible, and according to Screen Rant, say they are “not going to try and make everything make sense,” in regards to the age of the cast.
Since Wet Hot American Summer‘s release in 2001, many of the unknowns in the cast have been catapulted into super stardom. Elizabeth Banks (Hunger Games alum), Paul Rudd (leading man in Marvel’s newest film, Ant-Man), and Bradley Cooper (Now a two-time Oscar nominated actor) are perhaps the greatest example of this. Yet, despite the all-star power, the filmmakers have managed to get everyone. In an interview with Crave Online several months back, Michael Showalter basically said if it wasn’t everyone, it wasn’t worth doing.
“We wouldn’t have wanted to do it if we couldn’t get everybody. So we did our due diligence before the fact and everyone wants to do it.”
It looks like his due diligence paid off, as the Wet Hot American Summer series cast does, in fact, have everyone and includes Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, and Michael Showalter.
Be sure to check out the teaser above if you haven’t yet. Are you looking forward to Wet Hot American Summer series? Let us know below.