Netflix Is Going to Give Us That Camp Firewood Reunion We Were Promised
Mark your calendars down for 9:00 so that you’ll be there by 9:30. Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, a sequel for the cult classic Wet Hot American Summer, was just announced today.
Netflix has ordered eight episodes of Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, which is the second follow-up to the 2001 cult classic film that starred such current icons as Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, and Elizabeth Banks. Their prequel series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp premiered over the summer and was apparently successful enough to warrant more from writers Michael Showalter and David Wain, who will both be returning to pen the sequel.
Wet Hot American Summer was about a group of campers and counselors on the last day of summer camp in 1981. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp was – you guessed it – about the first day of camp in 1981. Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later will – shockingly – take place ten years after the events of the film as the counselors fulfill the vow they made to each other that they would meet up in the future and “see what kind of people we’ve blossomed into”.
Netflix’s “trailer” announcement for the new series features the very scene in which they make their plans, spurred by Bradley Cooper’s Ben:
We don’t have any casting information yet, but with both Showalter and Wain returning (as executive producers as well as writing the script), it stands to reason we could see many – if not all – of the original cast reprise their roles. First Day of Camp managed to get almost the entire cast to come back for the eight-episode prequel, even with everyone’s surely hectic and conflicting schedules. If the cast was willing to do so once, I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t want to do so again.
Truthfully, though, Netflix doesn’t have to bring the entire cast together for Ten Years Later to be great. It would be nice, but I’m sure I’ll enjoy it just as much if they can only get some of them. A lot can happen in ten years, after all.
What do you guys think about this news? Where do you picture the Camp Firewood counselors would have ended up after ten years?
Author: Jamie Sugah
Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from THE Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.
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