For a film that originally made around $300k at the box office, Wet Hot American Summer‘s enduring longevity is probably one of the bigger surprise packets in modern comedy.
The cult-hit 2001 film that launched the careers of a raft of now-megastars such as Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, alongside names such as Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Molly Shannon, David Hyde Pierce, and Janeane Garofalo miraculously scored a low-key fucking excellent Netflix reunion “prequel” series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp last year.
The series took a step backward, rather than forwards, looking into the first day of life at Camp Firewood, as opposed to the original film’s setting of the final day of camp. The fact that the original cast was now some 14, 15 years older than they were in the original was fertile ground mined heavily for comedy.
And now Netflix has announced we’ll be getting another, much more age-appropriate look at the camper’s world, with the streaming giant announcing another reunion series, this time gazing into the future.
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later will follow the trajectory of the original film, which closed with the camp counsellors making a promise to gather together ten years after camp finishes (at 9am, not 9 for 9:30m because “we’ll all be in our late 20s by then, I just don’t see any reason why we can’t be places on time.“)
Film/show creators Michael Showalter and David Wain will write 8 new 30-minute episodes for the series, which is scheduled to hit the internet in 2017.
Obviously at this early stage there is no word on who from the OG cast will return for round three, but given the gargantuan effort in assembling the cast for First Day of Camp, you’d be right to expect a big selection of names.
Until more news comes out, y’all go finish them taters. We’ll be over here fondling our sweaters.