How an Email Chain Reunited the A-List Cast of Wet Hot American Summer

Wet Hot American Summer: How an Email Chain Reunited The A-List Cast
Amy Poehler (as Susie) and Bradley Cooper (as Ben) in Wet Hot American Summer
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07/28/2015 AT 07:00 PM EDT

Email chains are apparently not just for sharing YouTube videos with coworkers or planning group vacations.

They're also for reuniting the A-List cast of Wet Hot American Summer.

"We sent an email to the entire cast. One big group email, so 25 people were on the email – 'We're thinking about do this. Would you want to do it?'" creator and star Michael Showalter told reporters at a Television Critics Association panel on Tuesday of getting his cult-classic 2001 film's original cast (including Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Molly Shannon, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino, and Bradley Cooper) to return for the new Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.

The answer was a "rousing," "unanimous yes," said Showalter.

"We've all been in touch for all this time that we haven't done another Wet Hot," he continued. "Many of us have worked together multiple times in between and were friends. So, for the majority of the cast it wasn't like 15 years out of the blue, 'Hey, remember me?' "

Showalter was so adamant that everyone from the movie be involved in the eight-episode prequel series that he even found parts for the actors who had played smaller roles in the 2001 film.

"The little kids who were David Hyde Pierce's campers, they were kids when we made the movie and now they are adults," said Showalter. "And they are in the movie – not as the same characters, but they're in the show. We really wanted to get every single person in that movie back."

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp debuts Friday on Netflix.
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