New Zealand writer/director Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) turned quite a few heads with the release of his 2014 mockumentary horror comedy What We Do in the Shadows, which has since proven to be a critical success that launched his career to dizzying new heights. With his sights currently set on entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a big way with the release of his first superhero movie, Thor: Ragnarok, later next year, everything is looking up for Waititi in more ways than one.
Despite the fact that Waititi is now a full-fledged Marvel Studios canon director alongside the likes of James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), the Russo brothers (Captain America: Civil War), and Joss Whedon (Avengers: Age of Ultron), many of his fans will undoubtedly still think of him first and foremost for his offbeat sense of humor and irreverent comedy set pieces. On that note, the latest word has the previously reported spinoff to Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows moving forward in a differrent direction.
According to THR, Waititi will be teaming up once again with former What We Do in the Shadows co-star, co-writer, and co-director Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) to work on a spinoff TV show called Paranormal Event Response Unit. The series will be produced for $1 million by NZ On Air for a series of six 30-minute episodes centering around hapless police officers Karen and Mike – who had minor roles in the original feature film – as they make their way throughout Wellington to keep residents safe from all manner of mythical creatures.
The status of the previously discussed spinoff feature about werewolves titled We’re Wolves will likely take a back seat for now as Waititi and Clement focus much of their attention on Paranormal Event Response Unit for the local New Zealand TV network TVNZ 2. Speaking to the excitement held for new comedy series, NZ On Air representative Jane Wrightson stated:
“Comedy is serious business and notoriously hard to get right. We are delighted that Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi are bringing their talents to smaller screens.“
Following the critical success that the original feature film What We Do in the Shadows was met with around the world back in 2014, the spinoff comedy procedural series Paranormal Event Response Unit should provide for plenty of novel material for Waititi and Clement to further explore. The new show has yet to secure a domestic distributor, though you might be able to bet good money that Netflix – or any other prominent streaming service – might be interested given the built-in popularity of the property involved.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on any information related to the What We Do in the Shadows spin-off TV show.