In 2001, much of the cast of MTV’s The State came together and made a great little indie comedy called Wet Hot American Summer, which has gone on to become a cult classic. It also features performances from some pretty big stars who were just starting out when they made this film including Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Cooper and Paul Rudd.
A month ago word started to spread that Michael Showalter and David Wain (the creative force behind They Came Together) are working on a Netflix series that will be a prequel, but only if they can get the full cast back together. Recently Showalter had some more info to share about the project.
“We wouldn’t have wanted to do it if we couldn’t get everybody,” he says, “so we did our due diligence before the fact and everyone wants to do it… At this point it’s just a scheduling thing.”
Showalter goes on to say that the plan for the ten-episode season is to have all the action take place on the first day of camp, potentially showcasing the characters in high school as flashbacks.
“[W]e’re not going to try to make everything make sense,” Showalter said. “There will be some of that, but we’re not trying to do a really intricate story. It’s more just an opportunity to bring the cast back together and tell more stories about these camp kids.”
Currently there are ten episodes planned with a second season not entirely out of the question. However, what Showalter seems even more excited about is the potential for a new The State film.
“The State has talked about doing our Life of Brian, that kind of a thing,” he says. “We would get together and make our own State movie, and that’s something I have always wanted to do, and I think we all have wanted to do it, but it’s just very hard to get everyone together to do it. But that would be cool.”
It’s still all up in the air as to what these guys have planned, but not matter what it is, it’s all pretty exciting.
Tags: Bradley Cooper, David Wain, Michael Showalter, Netflix, Paul Rudd, Wet Hot American Summer