Netflix has two bona fide original series hits on its hands with House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, but the streaming service is also very much in the business of “adapting” existing IP. Netflix gave us the fourth season of Arrested Development, it premiered the fourth and final season of The Killing, and it’s also home to the sixth season of The Clone Wars. While it continues to develop its own original programming in-house (including The Wachowski Siblings’ Sense8 and a slate of Marvel shows), it appears that Netflix is set to continue another existing property: Wet Hot American Summer. We heard earlier this year that discussions were taking place to produce a TV series continuation of David Wain’s star-studded 2001 cult comedy, and now word comes that Netflix is indeed moving forward with a sequel miniseries. More after the jump.
The folks over at E! Online are hearing that a Wet Hot American Summer sequel series is moving forward at Netflix, with production slated to commence in January. Co-writer/director Wain was always keen on furthering the adventures of the Wet Hot American Summer characters with either a sequel or a prequel, which would find the cast in their 40s playing younger versions of their characters from the 2001 film—a concept that’s right in line with the absurdist humor of the movie.
The cast for Wet Hot American Summer included Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Christopher Meloni, Bradley Cooper, Janeane Garafalo, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Marino, Joe Lo Truglio, Molly Shannon, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and Marguerite Moreau. While E! doesn’t have confirmation on which cast members are returning, Wain previously said the majority of the original cast would be back.
It’s actually not a stretch to imagine most of the aforementioned actors returning. Many have continued to collaborate with Wain in films like Wanderlust and this year’s hilarious They Came Together, and though Rudd and Poehler are incredibly in-demand actors, Rudd just wrapped Ant-Man and Poehler just completed filming the final season of Parks and Recreation, so one imagines their schedules would allow them to shoot this miniseries in January and February (though Poehler does have Golden Globes duties to attend to).
As a big fan of Wet Hot American Summer this comes as welcome news to me. E! Online notes that Wain and Showalter will executive produce the miniseries with Jonathan Stern, Peter Principato, and Howard Bernstein. Hopefully confirmation from Netflix comes soon. Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to go fondle my sweaters.