The series will act as a prequel to Michael
Showalter and David Wain’s 2001 film, and it takes place on the first day of camp, back in 1981.
“In real life we’re fifteen years older but in the show we’re playing two months younger,” said
Wain, while Showalter added that “[we] thought it was funny that in the original [we] played a bunch of thirty year olds playing teenagers. Now we’re in our forties and our characters are even younger.”
Netflix has picked up eight episodes of Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.
The series, from feature film creators Michael Showalter and David Wain, will — as its title suggests — pick up 10 years after the 2001 feature film ended. The series makes good on the vow that Bradley Cooper’s Ben made at the end of the cult hit when he said, “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.”
The Wet Hot: Ten marks the second Netflix follow-up to the movie. The streaming giant last year released the eight-episode Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, a prequel series featuring the movie’s original stars. The new incarnation will again be written by Showalter and Wain, with the latter on board to direct. Showalter, Wain, Peter Principato, Jonathan Stern and Howard Bernstein are set to exec produce.
Casting for Wet Hot: 10 has not yet been determined but given that the stars — including Cooper, Amy Poehler, Ken Marino, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni and Elizabeth Banks, among others — all returned for First Day, odds are good that they’ll all be back. Also worth noting that bringing back the original stars, while tricky given the scheduling demands on their various other projects, often means that the cast is rarely all together at the same time. That practice is now becoming more common with shows like Wet Hot and Netflix’s Arrested Development revival, the latter of which is also said to be working out scheduling in a bid to do another season for the streamer.