'Wet Hot American Summer' sequel: Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, and more say they would return to Camp Firewood -- EXCLUSIVE

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Wet Hot American Summer actors Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Christopher Meloni, Janeane Garofalo, and David Hyde Pierce have all told Entertainment Weekly they would appear in a sequel to the camp movie spoof. Wet Hot grossed a meager $300,000 when it was released in July 2001, but over the past decade has developed a hardcore fan base and is increasingly regarded as a comedy classic. In recent years, several members of its once largely unknown cast — which also includes Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper — have become major stars. “It’s been discussed over the last decade in various forms and incarnations,” says Rudd of a Wet Hot sequel. “I think we would all be up for doing it.”

Wet Hot director David Wain and his co-writer Michael Showalter confirmed to EW they have been seriously thinking about writing a second film set at Camp Firewood and may start work on the screenplay later this year. “I really hope it happens,” says Showalter, who stars in the original movie as the lovelorn Coop. “I’m really excited for the idea of a sequel, or a prequel, or for the first-ever movie that is both a prequel and a sequel. Although David pointed out that that’s Godfather II.”

While Wet Hot American Summer cost a mere $1.8 million, the budget for any possible sequel would be many times that if the cast’s most famous members demanded the kind of wages they are now accustomed to earning. However, Banks, Rudd, and several other Wet Hot alumni told EW they would be happy to appear in Wet Hot 2 for essentially nothing. “Look, any chance to get that group of people all together in a room I will take,” says Banks, who is currently shooting The Hunger Games. “It’s been such a blessing on my life that I got to be included in that circle of people.” Christopher Meloni was equally enthusiastic about the possibility of reuniting with his Wet Hot costars. “Oh, f— yeah, in a heartbeat” says the outgoing Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star. (Bradley Cooper, who at this point is probably the biggest star to have emerged from the Wet Hot cast, was unavailable for comment.)

To read more about Wet Hot American Summer — and to find out what Amy Poehler has to say about a possible sequel — check out the tenth anniversary retrospective WHAS feature in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to go and fondle my sweaters… I mean, fondue the cheddar.

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  • Lindsay

    Yes! Must happen!

  • Kim

    This is amazing news. I don’t even care if they just put the cast on a camp set and let them improvise for two straight hours and don’t even bother to edit. And hopefully they’ll play with the epilogue to the first one (when they all met up a decade later).

    • Dude

      Wait past the credits and you’ll see their 10 year reunion

  • Simon

    Please make it happen – i love this movie!!

  • BA

    Yes, Virginia. There is a Santa Claus. I hope this happens.

  • An Average Sized Mustache

    Get McKinley laid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • meghan

    How proud am I of the fact that i contributed to the “meager $300,00″ it made in July 2001…of course I would be there on line for opening night!

    • Dira

      We need to have more vocal and outspoken jonrsaliut like Larry taking up the progressive liberal cause of equal rights for all citizens in Israel and the formation of a Palestinian state. The US Christian Right and the Jewish Lobby support of Bibby has emboldened Bibi to insult President Obama and VP Biden and ignore their requests for a fair and just policy, civil rights and actions due Israeli Palestinian citizens. Since the US finances the existence if Israel, I expect President Obama to strong arm Bibi into negotiating an agreement/treaty between the united PLA and Israel prior to the UN convening this month. I agree with B, we cannot trust Bibi who has become full of himself and not the statesman he is capable of being.

  • Kaci

    YES!!!!

  • Robert

    This just makes me more excited for the 10th Anniversary Celebration in Brooklyn this July.

  • K

    Love that movie! Christopher Meloni in that movie blew me away since I had only seen him on SVU before. He needs to get back to comedy!

    • Fears Prison

      You need to check out OZ. Hilarious!!

  • Dory

    Yes, please!!!

  • Patty

    You taste like a burger. I don’t like you any more.

  • amy

    Bradley Cooper, who at this point is probably the biggest star to have emerged from the Wet Hot cast, was unavailable for comment.
    Really???!!! Cooper isn’t worthy to wash and iron Paul Rudd’s jock strap. Not to mention virtually every other member of the “Wet Summer” class.
    Dude is a poseur. His expiration date is going to run out a lot sooner than those idiots who unaccountably made him flavor du jour (why? “Best
    Smirk”? “Most Unctuous”??) may suspect.

    • *V*

      Couldn’t agree more. Paul Rudd is way more famous and a much better actor!

    • toby

      Calm down,maybe he was in the middle of making a movie or god forbid somewhere in the world with no cellphone service!Where’s the hate coming from,did’nt sign your autograph?

      • Clark Collis

        In fairness, Bradley Cooper was indeed in the middle of shooting a movie.

    • K

      Bradley is the bigger star. Truth hurts.

      • kw

        who the hell is bradley cooper ?

  • Vlh

    Yeah this a sequel I would like 2 see…they said they would meet at 9:30 am in ten years in the movie.

    • powkang

      yeah, and they better make it their beeswax to make it there by 9:30.

      • M

        but they can only be there until 11, because mckinley has something at 11, and he’s already moved it twice.

  • Stash

    Clark Collis, do you have any gum? Because I’m so pumped right now I’m ready to go all Abby on you.

  • Pam

    I HATED this movie but I do think it may require a rewatch as I may appreciate it a little more.

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