David Wain Says 'Wet Hot American Summer' Prequel Could Happen
There are plenty of summer camp coming-of-age tales out there for teens and adults alike, but one cult classic comedy seems to take the cake in that particular arena. Back in 2001, Wet Hot American Summer debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and sadly received just a small theatrical release later where it promptly died at the box office. Thankfully, as with any good cult classic, the film found new life on DVD and any real fan of comedy should have seen it by now. Well, with such a big following, director David Wain (who most recently helmed Role Models) says that a sequel/prequel is being developed.
In speaking to Jeff Goldsmith (of Creative Screenwriting) during The Q&A podcast (via The Playlist), Wain confirmed thoughts of a sequel, that would actually be a prequel, or something like that. Wain said:
"The prequel would be the same summer so they would be 20 years old for the part yeah, but not younger. So it would be 40-year olds playing 16-year olds. And yeah, we’re in the early stages of thinking about that."
Considering the cast included talent like Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, and Elizabeth Banks before they were big stars, a film with that cast today would be great, especially if they're meant to ironically play teenagers. In addition, great comedic talent from Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Ian Black, A.D. Miles, Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, Molly Shannon, Christopher Meloni, Zak Orth, Margurerite Moreau, Judah Friedlander and Michael Showalter would make this a sequel/prequel that I actually care about. However, there's no guarantee that this project will get off the ground at all, so we'll have to keep our excitement in check. Otherwise, if you haven't seen Wet Hot American Summer, it's now available to watch on Netflix Instant. What are you waiting for?