Fans of the original film (and anyone who loves Flight of the Conchords or just funny movies in general) get ready! There’s a What We Do in the Shadows TV series coming to FX! The network and the film’s creators have reached a deal to produce a pilot.
What on Earth Is ‘What We Do in the Shadows’?
What We Do in the Shadows is a comedy written by and starring Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) and Jemaine Clement. The film is a mockumentary that focuses on a group of vampires living together in Wellington, New Zealand. It showcases their daily lives as vampires as well as flatmates. That’s where the comedy comes in.
The vampires are all varying ages, meaning they’re from different time periods. For example, Viago (Waititi) is a fussy 18th-century dandy. Vladislav (Clement) is an 800-year-old former tyrant (“Vladislav the Poker”). They also live with Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), who’s 183 and is the “young, bad boy” vampire of the group. Petyr, who’s 8,000 years old, resembles Nosferatu and sleeps behind a stone slab. Hilarity ensues, such as when the group argues over washing the blood-soaked dishes in the sink or when they come across a rival crew of werewolves.
There have been whispers about this project ever since the original film premiered in 2014. It’s not the only What We Do in the Shadows-related project in development. They’re working on a sequel to the original, which focuses on the rival group of werewolves. They’re also working on a spin-off series, focusing on the police officers of Wellington who deal with these supernatural characters.
If you’re a fan of the humor in Ragnarok and Flight of the Conchords, you’d love What We Do in the Shadows. Both Waititi and Clement will be heavily involved with the FX pilot. Clement will write and Waititi will direct. The show will have a new cast, however, and most likely new characters. It will be set in the United States instead of New Zealand.
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