FX and Taika Waititi’s new What We Do in the Shadows is already taking Shape. Doug Jones is the latest cast member of the vampire mockumentary pilot, along with Lady Bird breakout Beanie Feldstein and two others.
Vampires are coming back to FX, and not the Guillermo del Toro kind. Instead, Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi and frequent partner Jemaine Clement are bringing their new version of What We Do in the Shadows to TV, landing an official pilot order on FX.
You’ll have to forgive Taika Waititi for taking so long to make that What We Do in the Shadows werewolf spinoff. The New Zealand filmmaker has been pretty darn busy frolicking in Asgard for Marvel. But with Thor: Ragnarok hitting theaters in a week, Waititi is turning his attention to upcoming projects, which now include not one, not two, but three spinoffs from What We Do in the Shadows — and one of them could be coming to television screens in America.
What We Do in the Shadows might have to spend a little time there before sequel We’re Wolves ever makes it to theaters, but a TV spinoff might have been unexpectedly greenlit. It seems Jemaine Clement and co-director Taika Waititi may move forward with a Paranormal Event Response Unit spinoff after all, at least in New Zealand.
Taika Waititi is having what can only be described as the best year ever. Not only did his delightful comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople set a box office record in his native New Zealand, the filmmaker is also hard at work on Thor: Ragnarok and one of the co-writers for Disney’s much-anticipated upcoming release Moana. In the middle of all this, Waititi and Thor actor Chris Hemsworth found time to shoot Civil War: Team Thor, perhaps the best thing to happen to the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Robert Downey, Jr.
Director Taika Waititi is at Sundance this week to debut his new indie comedy, Hunt for the Wilderpeople. And while he’s promoting that film, reporters can’t help but ask him about a couple of his other upcoming projects — like Thor: Ragnarok and the What We Do in the Shadows spinoff. Today’s news concerns the latter, as Waititi has suggested the title of the upcoming werewolf-centric spinoff, and it’s quite punny.
What We Do in the Shadows is one of the funniest films of the year — if you’ve been sleeping on it, consider this your reminder to watch it immediately. Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s hilarious mockumentary will likely become a cult classic in due time, but the duo are already developing a potential sequel, this time focusing on the werewolf characters.
It may be a bit early to make such bold claims as this, seeing as 2014 hasn’t even ended yet, but ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ may very well be the funniest film of 2015. The vampire mockumentary created by Jemaine Clement of ‘Flight of the Conchords’ and his collaborator Taika Waititi has been totally killing it (no pun intended) on the festival circuit all year, earning high praise from the critic community. And now you can have a little taste of what will likely be one of your favorite films next year with this new trailer.