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?