It’s highly unlikely and wildly unnecessary, nonetheless, since it’s one of the funniest and most absurd films in the past decade, let’s hear director David Wain out on his thoughts for a Wet Hot American Summer prequel:
“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.”
I liked the concept of 30-something actors playing 16 year-olds in the first one, so it stands to reason that I’m downright giddy about their 40 year-old selves revisiting their idiosyncratic characters.
Of course, we’d also like an “Arrested Development” film and for the guys behind Pirates of the Carribean to knock that crap off, but it doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. The original Wet Hot featured familiar, but not-yet-famous actors such at Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, and Molly Shannon. Of that group, I would hazard a guess that Molly Shannon is 100% available, and the other actors might be a bit more of a chore to tie down.
Let’s imagine how great this would be if it happened, then adjust expectations. Frankly, I don’t see why they would even need to use the same actors. The cast was largel unknown when the original was released and Wain & Co. seemed to do pretty well with them.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go fondle my sweaters.