The hit mockumentary with a supernatural twist, What We Do In the Shadows, is finally headed to TV with a pilot production deal set at FX. Discussions around a planned series from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement have been ongoing for quite some time, without much in the way of a potential network suitor entering into those talks. Now it seems as though the comedy set around a group of disparate vampire roommates is finally coming to televisions on a cable channel that has built a reputation for smart, creator-driven content.
Aside from it being an offshoot of the 2015 film, not much is known about the specifics of the pilot’s actual plot. Though it is known that Clement and Waititi are both on board as executive producers, as well as writer and director, respectively. The series will be a half-hour comedy, and stars the IT Crowd and Toast of London’s Matt Berry, as well as Kayvan Novak (Paddington, Prevenge), stand-up comedian and writer Natasia Demetriou, and Harvey Guillen (The Magicians).
News of the pilot came from Variety, which also reiterated that, according to a report from Fandango, the series’ setting will be making the move from New Zealand to the United States, which should give the creators plenty of comedic material to work with. So far, there’s been no word on whether or not the characters will be new or if the cast will simply be playing roles already established in the film. It stands to reason that the move to a new setting means the show will introduce new vampires to take part in the fake documentary. The upside of this is, considering how closely the series will be working with Clement and Waititi, it may afford them a chance to reprise their roles as Vladislav and Viago at some point.
The news is certainly exciting for fans of the original film, as it promises to bring viewers back into the weirdly comedic supernatural world of vampires and werewolves, but on a more regular basis than a series of films might be capable of delivering. With Waititi’s directorial dance card filling up after the success of Thor: Ragnarok it seems unlikely that he’d be able to return to a feature-length What We Do In the Shadows sequel anytime soon, so overseeing the TV series and handling the pilot sounds like the best way to keep the property alive.
The decision set up at to FX also makes sense considering Clement’s relationship with the network due to his role on Noah Hawley’s Legion, as the swinging psychic mutant, Oliver Bird. With him and Waititi on board, as well as a terrific cast featuring the very funny Berry, it seems like a surfire hit for the network and a exciting way to keep the property going.
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