The chronicles of Camp Firewood might not end with the eight episodes of Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp set to premiere this summer, creator David Wain says.
“I think there’s plenty more to do. If it all works out, it’d be great,” Wain told EW Thursday.
While Wet Hot takes place on the very last day of camp—when hormones are running at an all-time high—its prequel begins on the first day of camp, as campers and counselors are just settling in. According to Wain, it wasn’t that hard to get his A-list gang back together—along with newcomers including Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Chris Pine, and Jason Schwartzmann.
“We just basically set a date and said, okay whenever anyone’s free during that time, come on over and we’ll shoot,” Wain said. “So, that was never the delay. It was just sort of getting the whole machine up.”
Though it’s been 14 years since the release of Wet Hot American Summer, and many members of the original cast have gone on to do big things—like Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks—Wain said the prequel set felt a lot like the set of the first movie.
“We’ve kept in touch, but now this group’s together in this way, playing these characters back in this world of this summer camp. It felt like we were back to where we were 15 years ago, and it all came back to life as if no time had transpired in between,” Wain said. “That was really wild, to suddenly be shooting for two months in this same world again. It was so much more similar to the feeling of shooting back then than I ever could have imagined.”
Wet Hot fans can expect their patience between projects to be rewarded with some background on all those summer hook-ups, love triangles and astrophysics from the film. “If you’re a fan of the movie or you know it well,” Wain said, “then there’s a whole layer of many, many, many little and big ways that things get set up, or precursor[s] to elements of the movie that are fun.”
The Wet Hot prequel debuts on Netflix July 17.
—Reporting by Mariah Haas