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Creators and co-writers David Wain and Michael Showalter, members of ’90s MTV sketch group “The State,” premiered “Wet Hot American Summer” — featuring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Amy Poehler — at Sundance in 2001. The summer-camp satire, set in 1981, floundered in limited release. But word-of-mouth, special screenings and the ever-rising profile of its cast cultivated a rabid fanbase.
Rumors about a sequel and other ways to revisit the source material circulated for years. In May 2014, Variety exclusively confirmed Netflix’s interest in returning to the fictional Camp Firewood. Now, with the July 31 debut of an eight-episode prequel series, the talent and execs recount 15 years of false starts, creative hurdles and scheduling snafus leading to “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.”
Wain (director): It first came out in New York. It grossed seven thousand dollars that weekend and we were like, “That’s not bad!” because it was only in one theater. »
- Julie Seabaugh
When Edgar Wright abruptly abandoned Marvel’s Ant-Man last year, the script went through several big rewrites – at the hands of Adam McKay, Gabrial Ferrari, Andrew Barrer and the titular bite-sized Avenger himself, Paul Rudd. While we were initially told that those “giant” rewrites happened to tweak the film and conform it to Marvel’s vision, we’re now hearing that they could have also been made to include references to another upcoming Avenger: Spider-Man.
That’s right, rumor has it that Spider-Man will be the focus of several Easter eggs in Ant-Man. The report comes from Latino-Review, who state that Ant-Man will plant “plenty of seeds” to usher in the web crawler’s debut McU appearance in Captain America: Civil War next year. This will help bring Spidey back to the big screen without another retread of his origin story, and show that, by the time Scott Lang suits up as Ant-Man, »
- James Garcia
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