As our first day at Camp Firewood fast approaches, we have ben given a further glimpse into what camp life has in store for us. Yes, we’re talking about the upcoming Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, a Netflix series and prequel to Michael Showalter and David Wain’s 2001 cult comedy hit.
First Day of Camp‘s eight episode story will unfold over (when else?) the course of the first day of summer at Camp Firewood. The original Wet Hot American Summer film takes place on the last day of camp that same summer, so the show will give back story and context to the lives and relationships of the campers and counselors we first met fourteen years ago. Previously, a preview for First Day of Camp was released in the form of a fake retro promo for Camp Firewood, but now the Netflix ‘event’ has a proper trailer.
The First Day of Camp trailer teases several plot threads familiar to Wet Hot American Summer fans, including the awkward first stages of the budding love affair between Ben and McKinley (Bradley Cooper and Michael Ian Black, respectively); Gene (Christopher Meloni) grappling with his identity as he comes to terms with his military past; the beginnings of Susie (Amy Poehler) and Ben’s own theater program; and the many returning players, such as Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games), Molly Shannon (Saturday Night Live), Joe LoTruglio (Brooklyn Nine Nine) and more.
On that note, you can check out the Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp poster, below:
Wet Hot American Summer has had a storied and interesting life since it debuted (and subsequently bombed in theaters). The film then gained new life on the home viewing circuit, amassing a cult following who understood and appreciated Wain and Showalter’s sophisticated use of sophomoric and non-linear comedy. Wain has gone on to a successful directing career with such critically lauded movies as Role Models, Wanderlust and They Came Together, all of which he wrote, the latter his first back writing with Showalter.
There are few comedy institutions functioning today that are able to so consistently deliver their own uncompromised vision; studios interfere in order to broaden a project’s appeal, writers get hired for countless revisions against a director’s wishes, and forth. Which is to say, it’s actually inspirational, how Wain is able to imbue his work with so much of his unique style and unflinching weirdness. Perhaps the initial failure of Wet Hot American Summer helped him get to that point, as his fans gradually discovered his work and took ownership of it.
Their reward? They now get to spend even more time with Wet Hot American Summer‘s assorted oddballs, by watching First Day of Camp.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp will be available for viewing on Netflix starting July 31st, 2015.