By Sahil Patel
A follow-up to “Wet Hot American Summer,” a cult comedy film from David Wain and Michael Showalter, has been greenlit by Netflix.
According to Deadline, the project is being set up as an eight-episode limited series, and has already started production.
It appears the entire cast will also be returning, which will be remarkable considering the level of talent that appeared in the original film. Alongside Showalter, the 2001 film also featured Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, David Hyde Pierce, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino, Molly Shannon and Christopher Meloni.
Wain and Showalter, who co-wrote the original, will serve as co-creators on the series, with Wain once again directing. The duo will also executive produce alongside Howard Bernstein, Peter Principato, and Jonathan Stern (“Burning Love,” “The Hotwives of Orlando”).
There’s no word yet on when the limited series will air on Netflix. The news comes months after it was first reported that Netflix was interested in reviving “Wet Hot American Summer,” with the hopes of bringing the entire cast back.
The film, which didn’t do well in theaters but went on to achieve cult status, follows a group of camp counselors and students on the last day of summer camp in the 1980s. Sources have suggested that the new mini-series will be a prequel, documenting the first day of that same summer — even though all of the cast members are significantly older.
During Netflix’s presentation at the TCA Winter Tour, which is currently underway in Pasadena, the company’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos was asked about the rumors surrounding a potential “Wet Hot American Summer” revival. Grinning, Sarandos said: “I’m going to have to leave you hanging on that one. We’re really excited by the proposition of getting that one back together. More to come.”