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Updated 1/10, 9 a.m.: Netflix has confirmed that its Wet Hot American Summer is indeed a prequel series.
Updated 9 p.m.: Netflix has confirmed the news, via Twitter: “It’s true, camp is back in session. #WetHotAmericanSummer will return for 8 all new episodes.”
It’s official: Nearly 15 years after the cult feature film ended, the cast of Wet Hot American Summer is getting back together.
The project, previously eyed as a prequel, will return as an eight-episode limited series for Netflix, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Plot details were not immediately available. It’s unclear which of the original castmembers will return, but all the original stars — Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, Christopher Meloni, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper and Amy Poehler, among others — are expected to be back.
The film was a box-office flop, grossing less than $300,000 but has since become a cult favorite on DVD.
David Wain and Michael Showalter, who wrote the movie, created the series. Wain will direct, with the duo exec producing alongside the film’s Howard Bernstein, Jonathan Stern and Peter Principato.
Netflix declined comment on the Wet Hot American Summer update. The news comes days after Netflix’s Ted Sarandos had encouraging words about the beloved comedy’s comeback at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour.
“We’re really excited about the proposition about getting the show back together,” he told reporters. “More to come.”
Wet Hot American Summer joins a Netflix comedy roster that includes Arrested Development — which Sarandos said could return pending the cast’s availability — as well as BoJack Horseman, Grace and Frankie and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Buzz about a Wet Hot American Summer revival first surfaced in 2012, when Showalter repeatedly said he was prepping a follow-up to the movie. “We are working on a prequel. It’s six months to a year earlier than when the original movie was — except the actors playing those characters are 10 years older,” Showalter said during a 2012 interview with Geeking Out With Kerri Doherty.
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