Don’t you love commercial flops that somehow turn out to be great, like the heavily tube-socked and short-shorts-laden Wet Hot American Summer, which came out in 2001? It bombed with the critics in spite of having a highly adept ensemble cast of comedic genius deftly interpreting all the antics – from romance, the talent show act that brings down the house, and the legit insane mess hall cook – of a Jewish summer camp in Maine, in 1981.
Finally, in the summer of 2015, Wet Hot American Summer will get the prequel treatment in the form of eight episodes to be binge-watched on Netflix. It’s called First Day at Camp, written by the original Wet Hot screenwriters David Wain and Michael Showalter; Wain will even direct again.
Not only will the original cast reunite – a tall order, given the schedules of Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Poehler these days – but The Verge reports that new cast members will include Chris Pine, Jon Hamm, and Kristen Wiig. No Ellie Kemper?! Maybe next summer.
Watch the very old-timey, synth-heavy, probably shot on VHS and kept in the attic next to mom’s hot rollers for too long trailer, and can we go to Camp Firewood this summer, please?
First Day at Camp premieres on Netflix July 31.
From The Verge:
Of course, half the fun was that all the parts were played by actors and actresses who could barely pass as graduate students, much less teenagers. First Day of Camp is doubling down on the premise by stepping back to the titular first day with a cast that’s now mostly in their 40s. David Wain and Michael Showalter are once again handling writing and direction, and much of the original cast is set to reprise their roles, even as their schedules are decidedly more full. A few new players are coming on board, too: Chris Pine, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, and others are set to join the party.