Fans of the 2001 comedy cult classic Wet Hot American Summer will be able to revisit their beloved Camp Firewood Netflix debuts the new TV series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp this July. The comedy features practically the entire cast from the original movie. Netflix announced a July 17 premiere date back in March, but while we eagerly await the release of this eight-episode series, creator David Wain revealed that he is already looking forward to Season 2. Here's what he had to say in a recent interview.
"I think there's plenty more to do. If it all works out, it'd be great."
The original movie, which David Wain directed and co-wrote with Michael Showalter, is set on the last day at Camp Firewood. Despite all the original cast members returning 14 years later, with every actor reprising their original roles, the series is a prequel, set on the first day of camp. Returning cast members include 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, along with newcomers Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Chris Pine, and Jason Schwartzman. When asked if it was a monumental task to assemble a cast full of such in-demand actors, David Wain revealed that it wasn't too hard to get the cast together, but they had more trouble actually setting the show up.
"We just basically set a date and said, okay whenever anyone's free during that time, come on over and we'll shoot. So, that was never the delay. It was just sort of getting the whole machine up."
The writer-director added that he has stayed in touch with the cast throughout the years, and, when everyone came back on the set, it felt like they were back on the original production.
"We've kept in touch, but now this group's together in this way, playing these characters back in this world of this summer camp. It felt like we were back to where we were 15 years ago, and it all came back to life as if no time had transpired in between. That was really wild, to suddenly be shooting for two months in this same world again. It was so much more similar to the feeling of shooting back then than I ever could have imagined."
If you're a fan of the movie or you know it well, then there's a whole layer of many, many, many little and big ways that things get set up, or precursor[s] to elements of the movie that are fun."
While Netflix hasn't officially issued a Season 2 order for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp yet, the streaming service has previously issued renewals to shows like Orange Is the New Black, long before the current season even debuts. Would you like to see more Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp episodes after the first season debuts? Let us know what you think below.