Believe it or not, Wet Hot American Summer is nearing the 10 year anniversary of its release. Since coming out as a limited run in 2001, the camp comedy spoof has become a cult classic and favorite among comedy fans. On top of that, half of the film’s cast (including Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Poehler just to name a few) went on to become big stars in their own right. So naturally, some sort of sequel or prequel would be of high interest for a lot of people. Much to our surprise, though, such a thing could very well happen, according to the film’s co-writer/director David Wain (who also is a member of the sketch groups Stella and The State).
When speaking to Jeff Goldsmith during The Q&A podcast, Wain revealed that a prequel to the cult hit is indeed being developed, saying “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.” Whether any of the original cast will be on board for the prequel is unclear.
As much as we love Wet Hot American Summer, we’re a bit conflicted about this. We’re sure that it’ll be hysterical, but does such an amazing comedy really need a prequel? Then again, if it means we’ll get to see Christopher Meloni as Gene one more time, then we’re totally down for it. Until then, we’ll just have to relive some of the show’s glory at the 10th anniversary bash next month.