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Wet Hot American Summer Sequel Confirmed By Michael Showalter

Is David Wain’s Wet Hot American Summer finally getting the prequel/sequel/extension rabid fans have been begging for? That appears to be the case, though believe me, we have been fooled before, so our guard is staying up.

This all went down last night on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, where Wet Hot writer Michael Showalter, responding to a Twitter inquiry about a sequel, answered in the positive. “Absolutely, yes,” he said. “One hundred percent yes. The whole gang — everyone is back. We’re doing it.” (See for yourself right here.)

By “the whole gang,” he means an all-star cast of comedic players, including Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Chris Meloni and Molly Shannon, to name a few. And it was the headache-inducing process of juggling everyone’s schedules that stood in the way of this project moving forward. At least, we think that’s what the problem was. Who really knows, for sure?

Certainly not original cast member Michael Ian Black, who Tweeted in response to Showalter’s off-the-cuff announcement, “I just found out there's going to be a ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ sequel from @mshowalter on TV. Apparently, I'm not in it.” He later added, “I really don't think this is true.”

So is it? Like I said, I’m being cautiously optimistic. The Wet Hot sequel slowly is becoming the Arrested Development of movie projects, with so many people both inside and outside of the project making promises that nobody knows what to believe until we’re actually sitting in a theater, waiting for the movie to start. Confirmation from Showalter seems like a solid place to hang our hats, but would he really drops such a bomb on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live? I guess we’ll have to just sit back and watch what happens. Live.

Sean O'Connell
Sean O'Connell

Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. He's frequently found on Twitter at @Sean_OConnell. ReelBlend cohost. A movie junkie who's Infatuated with comic-book films. Helped get the Snyder Cut released, then wrote a book about it.