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January 13, 2015 at 11:52 am #340441
I’m surprised nobody has posted this yet:
‘Wet Hot American Summer’ A Go As Netflix Limited Series; Original Cast To Return
by Nellie Andreeva January 9, 2015 1:42pm
David Wain’s long quest to get a follow-up to his cult 2001 feature comedy Wet Hot American Summer off the ground is officially over. After months of deal-making and prep work, I’ve learned that filming has started this week on an 8-episode limited series for Netflix based on the film, with virtually its entire ensemble cast returning.
That includes Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, Ken Marino, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Joe LoTruglio, Christopher Meloni, A.D. Miles, Marguerite Moreau, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon, Michael Showalter and Kevin Sussman.
Wain and Michael Showalter, who wrote the movie, created the limited series, with Wain reprising directing duties. The two are executive producing alongside the film’s producer Howard Bernstein, Jonathan Stern and Peter Principato.
The film, set on the last day at a fictional Jewish summer camp in 1981, failed at the box office but went on to gain popularity in the afterlife, achieving a cult status. Helping its cause was the fact that a lot of then up-and-comers in the cast went on to become stars, like Rudd, Cooper, Poehler, and Banks.
This is the second revival of a cult project with a star-studded cast that Netflix has pulled off, following the new season of Arrested Development.January 13, 2015 at 12:20 pm #340443
yesss love this movie.January 13, 2015 at 5:06 pm #340444
I’m excited for this too!January 13, 2015 at 6:14 pm #340445
Big names have just signed on to join the cast in guest and / or recurring roles: Josh Charles, Michaela Watkins, John Slattery, Randal Park (Veep, The Interview), Lake Bell, Richard Schiff, and more!
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.January 28, 2015 at 2:11 pm #340447
This will end up with the best cast in TV history:
‘Wet Hot American Summer’: Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm & Jason Schwartzman Join Cast
by Nellie Andreeva
January 28, 2015 2:01pm
More big names are joining the large ensemble cast of Netflix’s limited series Wet Hot American Summer. I hear Chris Pine, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig and Jason Schwartzman have been tapped for guest starring/recurring roles in the eight-part series from Michael Showalter and David Wain.
They join some 20 returning cast members from the movie, including Wiig’s SNL co-star Amy Poehler, Showalter, Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Christopher Meloni, A.D. Miles, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon and Kevin Sussman, as well as another dozen of newcomers, including Michaela Watkins, Hamm’s Mad Men co-star John Slattery; Josh Charles, Randall Park, Jayma Mays; Lake Bell; Paul Scheer; Rob Huebel; and Richard Schiff.
I hear Hamm will play a secret spy, Wiig is playing a snobby counselor at the preppy rival camp Camp Tigerclaw, while Pine character is described as a mysterious. Netflix declined comment. The 2001 cult film was set on the last day at a fictional Jewish summer camp in 1981, the series is set on the first day. Neflix just released a first teaser for the project, set to debut in the summer.
Showalter and Wain — who wrote the movie — created the limited series, with Wain reprising directing duties and Showalter serving as showrunner. The two are executive producing alongside the film’s producer Howard Bernstein, Jonathan Stern and Peter Principato.
Pine, repped by CAA, John Carrabino Management and attorney Michael Gendler, co-stars in Into the Woods and was in Sundance for Z for Zachariah. He will next be seen in Finest Hours. Bridesmaids star Wiig has just been confirmed as one of the leads of the Ghostbusters reboot.May 22, 2015 at 11:53 am #340448
Netflix’s ‘Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp’: First-Look Photos
by Nellie Andreeva May 22, 2015 7:13am
Courtesy of Netflix
Netflix has released first images fromWet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, its prequel series to Michael Showalter and David Wain’s cult 2001 film. While the movie took place on the last day of camp at Camp Firewood, the series
takes place on the first day of camp, back in 1981. “In real life we’re 15 years older but in the show we’re playing two months younger,” Wain said. Added Showalter, “We thought it was funny that in the original we played a bunch of 30-year-olds playing teenagers. Now we’re in our 40s and our characters are even younger.” The eight-episode series premieres on July 31 only on Netflix.
Returning are all key cast members from the movie, including Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Janeane Garofalo, Nina Hellman, David Hyde Pierce, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, AD Miles, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon and Michael Showalter, along with some new additions. Just for comparison, here are two images from the original movie:
“The magical thing about summer camp is that you can leave your persona from home and become the person you really want to be,” Showalter said.
Here are the photos Netlfix released today:June 23, 2015 at 10:28 am #340449
Obscenely retro trailer:
Bonus points for having H. Jon Benjamin do the voiceover.June 23, 2015 at 10:46 am #340450
hot damn that is an impressive cast.July 22, 2015 at 8:55 pm #340451
Reviews:July 23, 2015 at 8:05 am #340452
Should I watch the film first to understand the TV show? Or do you think I can just jump right in? I’ve never seen the movie, but it would be strange for me to pass over a TV cast with so many of my favorites.July 23, 2015 at 10:57 am #340453
The movie is short, go ahead and watch itJuly 23, 2015 at 1:33 pm #340454
I watched the movie recently. It was uneven, but an easy watch and very funny at times. It seemed like it might work better as a show with that sprawling ensemble. I worry that the new cast members will be poorly integrated, but I guess that I should relax, since the movie played so loose with continuity anyway.
"I don't even believe in god, but I'm going to thank her tonight."July 23, 2015 at 1:54 pm #340455
I definitely plan on watching (the movie and the series!)
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