The first teaser trailers from FX's What We Do in the Shadows TV series have arrived. Prior to becoming the director of Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi made a name for himself through a series of unique comedy shorts, TV series, and films. One of those movies was the vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows. Waititi co-wrote, co-starred, and co-directed the film with his longtime collaborator, Jermaine Clement.
The movie was a critical success and has developed a cult following, so much so that Waititi began to develop the concept as a U.S. based TV series. Waititi and Clement are back in integral roles for the TV series, although there's plenty of other changes at the heart of the show. Instead of taking place in New Zealand, the new series - which found a home with FX - will chronicle the lives of a new vampire community set in New York.
Glimpses of this new take can now finally be seen, as FX released two quick teasers for What We Do in the Shadows as part of the Halloween festivities. The first teaser shows two of the vampires - Nandor (Kayvan Novak) and Laszlo (Matt Berry) - in their gothic house with their latest servant Guillermo (Harvey Guillen) as they wait for guests. The second teaser focuses on Nandor and his shopping habits, and apparent lack of understanding when it comes to the correct currency to use.
For anyone worried that an Americanized What We Do in the Shadows would lose some of its luster, these teasers do a great job of immediately making it clear that won't be the case. This shouldn't be too surprising since both Waititi and Clement are involved with the series, with Waititi reportedly directing several episodes. Of course, this is only about 30 seconds of actual footage from the show, so the true test will be how it holds up from episode to episode during the 10-episode first season.
Now that marketing is beginning for What We Do in the Shadows, it, hopefully, won't be too long before more information becomes available. It has been confirmed that it will premiere sometime in the spring of 2019, but no specific date has been announced yet. Fans of the original film are still wondering if any of those characters could make brief appearances in the series. As of right now, no plans for such surprises have been made, with the rest of the cast headlined by The Shape of Water's Doug Jones. Even though this is hardly any footage and only shows a few characters, this looks to be a positive start to What We Do in the Shadows' marketing campaign.
Source: FX Networks