While doing press for his romantic comedy satire They Came Together, in theaters starting today, screenwriter Michael Showalter also shared details about his new Wet Hot American Summer TV series, which was announced last month.
While it doesn't seem that a deal with Netflix has been finalized, Michael Showalter revealed that he and co-writer David Wain have an outline written for the series, which may expand past one season, while confirming that they still plan on getting the entire original cast from the movie back together.
Michael Showalter first revealed that a full script hasn't been written yet, and that they would start crafting the story as just one season, with the potential to expand it down the road.
"We're talking about doing Wet Hot American Summer now as a Netflix series. So we have an outline but we don't have a script. I think we would start with one (season) and go from there, but I mean, I think one would be... if we could pull off one that would be a pretty amazing thing."
The initial report from May revealed that original cast members such as Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Molly Shannon, Michael Ian Black, Zak Orth, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Amy Poehler, Joe Lo Truglio, Elizabeth Banks and Bradley Cooper would reprise their roles, playing high school students, despite the fact that many of them are over 40 years of age. When asked exactly when the series would be set, Michael Showalter said that the entire first season would take place on the first day of camp.
"No, it's the first day of camp. Yes, but there would probably be flashbacks to that year. Yes, the entire first season would be one day."
When Wet Hot American Summer hit theaters in 2001, most of the cast members were relative unknowns, with the project serving as Bradley Cooper's feature film debut. With such a huge and well-known cast, many would think that the prospect of bringing them all together would not be possible. Michael Showalter insisted that everyone wants to come back, although scheduling issues still need to be worked out.
"Yes, we wouldn't have wanted to do it if we couldn't get everybody. So we did our due diligence before the fact and everyone wants to do it. Yeah. At this point it's just a scheduling thing."
When asked if the show would try to build up to events portrayed in the movie, Michael Showalter said that they don't necessarily want everything to make sense.
"Potentially, but we're not going to try to make everything make sense. There will be some of that but we're not trying to do a really intricate story. It's more just an opportunity to bring the cast back together and tell more stories about these camp kids."
Before Wet Hot American Summer hit theaters in 2001, Michael Showalter and co-writer/director David Wain were best known for co-creating the MTV series The State. When asked if there are any plans to revive that show, Michael Showalter hinted that they are trying to make their own Life of Brian type of movie.
"What we have talked about and what I would be more interested in doing is a State project. The State has talked about doing our Life of Brian, that kind of a thing. We would get together and make our own State movie, and that's something I have always wanted to do, and I think we all have wanted to do it, but it's just very hard to get everyone together to do it. But that would be cool."