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Wet Hot American Summer is making good on its vow to reunite in the future.
Netflix has picked up eight episodes of Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The series, from feature film creators Michael Showalter and David Wain, will — as its title suggests — pick up 10 years after the 2001 feature film ended. The series makes good on the vow from Bradley Cooper’s Ben at the end of the cult hit when he said, “Let’s all promise that in 10 years from today, we’ll meet again, and we’ll see what kind of people we’ve blossomed into.”
Wet Hot: Ten marks the second Netflix follow-up to the movie. The streaming giant last year released the eight-episode Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, a prequel series featuring the movie’s original stars. The new incarnation will again be written by Showalter and Wain, with the latter on board to direct. Showalter, Wain, Peter Principato, Jonathan Stern and Howard Bernstein are set to executive produce.
Casting for Wet Hot: Ten has not yet been determined but given that the stars — including Cooper, Amy Poehler, Ken Marino, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni and Elizabeth Banks, among others — all returned for First Day, odds are good that they’ll be back. Also worth noting is that bringing back the original stars, while tricky given the scheduling demands on their various other projects, often means that the cast is rarely all together at the same time. That practice is now becoming more common with shows like Wet Hot and Netflix’s Arrested Development revival, the latter of which is said to be working out scheduling in a bid to do another season for the streamer.
For Netflix, bringing back Wet Hot (again) comes as the streamer is making a massive comedy push as part of a $5 billion investment in original scripted fare this year. Netflix has been making aggressive strides into comedy, with recent orders for Easy, a comedic anthology from mumblecore guru Joe Swanberg; Sophia Amoruso’s #Girlboss; sketch comedy The Characters; and Drew Barrymore/Timothy Olyphant starrer Santa Clarita Diet joining staples including Aziz Ansari’s Master of None and Judd Apatow’s Love, in addition to more broad-skewing fare like Fuller House.
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