“We tried to make this in 2002 but we couldn’t get the studio to do it,” he told the audience the Regal.
Wain’s longtime collaborator Michael Showalter wrote the script shortly after 2001’s “Wet Hot American Summer” but Universal put the project into turnaround. A decade later, Wain held a table read with Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler and got Lionsgate’s microbudget division on board.
With a budget of “$3 million and change,” Wain shot the project in 23 days, mostly in Brooklyn.
“We had a lot of one-take scenes; it was a race against time and money,” he noted. “Dollar for dollar, it was the least expensive movie I’ve ever done.”
The director explained that he was emulating the tone of “Airplane,” “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein.” “It’s an homage and a parody and a spoof,” he added.
Wain was a candidate to direct Rudd in “Ant-Man” after Edgar Wright departed and before Marvel opted for Peyton Reed. “I was flattered to be on the list for ‘Ant-Man,’ but it just wasn’t meant to be,” he noted.
Wain received his most positive response during the Q&A when he reiterated that he’s at work on a sequel to “Wet Hot American Summer” — “More like a prequel,” he added.
Cast members Michaela Watkins, Max Greenfield and Zandy Hartig (Wain’s spouse) attended the event. “They Came Together,” which debuted at Sundance, opens June 27.
(Pictured: Michaela Watkins, Max Greenfield, Director David Wain and Zandy Hartig at the L.A. Film Festival screening of “They Came Together”)