It seems like we’ve been swimming in a sea of reboots and remakes lately, but Netflix’s forthcoming Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp series is one that I’m actually really excited for. But … there are reservations to be had. The original film (now a cult classic) was so hilarious and so bizarre, can that magic be recaptured?
In other words, can it show me the fever? Into the fire? Taking it higher and higher?
A new teaser trailer for the 8-episode series confirms what most of us had dared to hope: the entire original cast is back (in fact, that’s pretty much all that’s in the trailer, along with a confirmation of the date — 1981 — and those familiar cabins, but more on that in a moment).
Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon and Michael Showalter will all return.
And, as previously reported, other returning actors are H. Jon Benjamin, Nina Hellman, A.D. Miles, Marisa Ryan, Kevin Sussman, and David Wain (who will again write and direct, with Showalter serving as showrunner). New cast members will include Michaela Watkins, Josh Charles, John Slattery (Mad Men), Randall Park (The Interview), Lake Bell (In a World…), Jayma Mays (Glee), Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, and Richard Schiff.
The original movie took place on the last day of a fictional Jewish summer camp in 1981, while the new series will, presumably, be a prequel of sorts. Adding to the weird hilarity is the fact that, of course, the cast members are playing the same roles as they did in 2001 (as in, everyone is and was too old, and that’s a beautiful thing).
Reportedly, the size of the cast will cause the production to only use certain actors at the same time, a la Arrested Development. It didn’t work out particularly well for AD, but maybe that’s because we were conditioned from three seasons that worked in a certain way. Moving over to a series format from a movie means that it’s hard to have any expectations about what the story might be or how it might be handled. We just know how it ends, and that’s a great start.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp will premiere on Netflix this summer.