The cult classic comedy, Wet Hot American Summer may be getting a prequel according to writer/director David Wain (Role Models, The Ten ).
WHAS was released to theaters back in 2001, but only made a measly $292, 102 and received a ton of negative reviews from film critics. It wasn’t until the film was released on DVD, that it found it’s hardcore fan base and gained a huge cult following.
The film has a great ensemble cast which includes: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter (who also co-wrote the script), Michael Ian Black, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Ken Marino, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, and Elizabeth Banks.
Wain spoke to Jeff Goldsmith at The Q&A Podcast about the film’s 10th anniversary and about the possibility of a sequel/prequel:
Wain: Yes, we have been talking about a sequel, prequel, something or other.
Goldsmith: The idea I’ve heard tossed around is that it would be a prequel, but when you shoot it they would be 20 years older.
Wain: Well, no that would be absurd. The prequel would be the same summer so they would be 20 years old for the part yeah, but not younger. So it would be 40 year olds playing 16 year olds. And yeah, we’re in the early stages of thinking about that.
Goldsmith: I hope it happens.
Wain: Me too.
Wain also talked about how he was trying to get Universal, who owns the rights to the film, to release a 10th anniversary DVD/Blu-ray edition of the film. Unfortunately for fans, Wain said Universal was not interested, with the studio saying, “No, nobody buys it. Nobody cares.”
Wet Hot American Summer is current streaming on Neflix, in HD no less.
Check out the trailer below: