2:37pm PT by Kate Stanhope
Michael Showalter on More 'Wet Hot American Summer': "Where There's a Will, There's a Way"
It took 14 years to get a Wet Hot American Summer sequel made, but days ahead of the release of the new Netflix prequel, talk has already shifted to a second sequel (or prequel).
"There's no shortage of stories we would be able to tell about them," co-creator and star Michael Showalter said at the Television Critics Association press tour Tuesday.
The demand appears to be strong to see more from the franchise, which has transformed over the years from box office dud to bonafide cult classic. However, the main question is how will the creators get the film's impressive cast, which includes household names such as Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks, among many others.
Showalter said a strong emphasis of the series was crafting an "accommodating" time commitment for the sprawling ensemble. "We are interested in creating an environment that is inclusive and making it easy for people to say yes," he said. "Where there's a will, there's a way."
When asked about just how he and co-creator and director David Wain managed to bring all 25 main cast members from the original 2001 film back, Showalter revealed they asked the cast before talks with Netflix began. "We sent an email to the entire cast, one big group email," said Showalter. "It was a unanimous yes."
Part of the desire to bring everyone back was so that the pressure to do the original film justice didn't lay on the shoulders of just one or two familiar faces. "We wanted to make sure that we maintained that feeling of all for one, one for all," he said. "We took the attitude that we wanted every single cast member back in this, and every single cast member is back."
All eight episodes of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp will be released on Netflix Friday.