Wet Hot American Summer Renewed By Netflix

Few comedic movies have a cult following quite as strong as 2001’s Wet Hot American Summer. This almost cartoonish ensemble movie features an amazing cast, featuring a few unknowns who would eventually rise to A-list status. Last year Netflix, who seems to be cashing in on the trend of nostalgia and reboots to massive success, created a prequel television series featuring the original cast. That series, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day At Camp, was met with positive reviews, and now it appears that Netflix is planning to further expand the silly ensemble piece.

Netflix has just announced that a new season was ordered for the streaming service, titled Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. In juxtaposition with the first season, which was a prequel to the 2001 film, the new series will allow the cast of actors to be a bit more age-appropriate in the adaptation of their signature characters. The prequel series completely ignored the actors’ ages, to hilarious results. 

The title for the second season comes from a pivotal scene from the film version of Wet Hot American Summer. Around the middle of the movie, the counselors discuss how they’re going to miss Camp Firewood and they decide to come back in 10 years and see how they’ve grown up. In fact, Netflix used that clip to announce the series renewal. Check it out.

Hilarious, right? That scene, which actually isn’t hugely important in the scope of all the craziness that happens in the movie, is the basis for what appears to be a growing anthology series for Netflix.

Wet Hot American Summer revolves around the teenage counselors and adult staff of a sleep-away summer camp in Maine called Camp Firewood. Rather than actually looking after the campers, the group gets into their own debauchery. They drink, have sex, go on adventures, and occasionally check in on the poor kids who they’re supposed to be helping. The tone is extremely silly, with plot lines including a talking can of vegetables (voiced by Bob’s Burgers voice actor H. Jon Benjamin) and government biological experiments.

The cast of both the film and Netflix’s anthology series is wide and contains some of the most brilliant comedic actors in Hollywood. Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Janeane Garofalo, Molly Shannon, David Hyde Pierce, and Michael Ian Black all make appearances as cartoonish characters. Additionally, the movie was one of the first professional credits for the likes of bonafide film stars like Bradley Cooper and Elizabeth Banks.

Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later will be released in its entirety sometime in 2017. No casting announcements have been made, although the first season was able to lock down all of the stars in some capacity, so things are looking hopeful. 

We’ll continue to update you on Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later as details become public to us. 

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.