One of the more intriguing entries in Netflix's new, ever-growing roster of original series is "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp," a prequel to the cult classic comedy from "The State" alums David Wain and Michael Showalter — and featuring a before-they-were-stars cast the likes of Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, all of whom are back for the new series.
Were there any reservations about doing a prequel with the same actors almost 15 years later?
MICHAEL SHOWALTER: No, that was an asset. In our mind that was part of the fun of it, was the joke being we were too old then, we’re way too old now, and instead of making our characters older, we made them younger.
DAVID WAIN: It’s surprising how much you stop paying attention to it.
MS: One of the big movies from our childhood was "Grease," with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, who are playing high school ... I don’t even think they’re seniors.
DW: They’re seniors.
MS: They are? They’re definitely seniors?
DW: They’re seniors in high school.
MS: And I mean, they’re fully adult in that movie. Like, Olivia Newton-John is like in her late 30s. But I mean that was sort of our inspiration castingwise. Because you don’t care.
How much have you paid attention to the film's die-hard fans and what they want to see from exploring more of these characters?
DW: To me, I don’t think we’re like literally serving the fans per se, but I do think we are very caring of this group of characters and what it is and care about it as fans ourselves of it in a way. And it’s very important to us to make something that satisfies the fans’ desire for more of this, while at the same time not doing any sort of retread and that was what we were trying to do.