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Ten-Year-Old Cult Classic Wet Hot American Summer May See Sequel

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood June 24, 2011 at 4:14AM

On the endless list of sequels in the works you can add cult DVD fave Wet Hot American Summer, director and co-writer David Wain told Jeff Goldsmith. A decade after the film’s release, Wain says: “the prequel would be the same summer… so it would be 40 year olds playing 16 year olds. And yeah, we’re in the early stages of thinking about that.”
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Thompson on Hollywood

On the endless list of sequels in the works you can add cult DVD fave Wet Hot American Summer, director and co-writer David Wain told Jeff Goldsmith. A decade after the film’s release, Wain says: “the prequel would be the same summer… so it would be 40 year olds playing 16 year olds. And yeah, we’re in the early stages of thinking about that.”

Well, EW's intrepid reporters canvassed the stars of the cult classic, and Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Christopher Meloni, Janeane Garofalo, and David Hyde Pierce are all game to rejoin the movie at bargain basement rates, as is co-writer Michael Showalter (Coop):

“I’m really excited for the idea of a sequel, or a prequel, or for the first-ever movie that is both a prequel and a sequel. Although David pointed out that that’s Godfather II.”

That leaves Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper and Michael Ian Black still to be heard from. That may help push the project up hill, but remember, the “early stages of thinking” has been the film's status for the past five years.

This article is related to: Genres, Headliners, Independents, Stuck In Love, DVDs, IN THE WORKS, comedy, Screenwriters


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.