‘Thor: Ragnarok’ director Taika Waititi attended the Visionaries panel at New York Comic Con, where he discussed his next project, a television adaptation of his 2014 New Zealander vampire spoof ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ which he co-wrote and co-directed with ‘Flight of the Conchords” Jemaine Clement. The 10-episode series will air on FX and stars Matt Berry, Kayvan Novak, Natasia Demetriou, and Harvey Guillen. The setting is now New York City, unlike Wellington, in the original, but like the film, it will focus on vampires living in normal society, while their lives are recorded by a documentary crew.
What else can fans expect? This is what Waititi revealed:
“I’m more like EP-ing on the show, I’ll probably direct a couple of episodes. I don’t know why I thought it would be a good idea to make it into a TV show, because I’d say about a week into shooting the movie we were questioning how we could make a five minute idea into a feature film. Now, we’re really stretching this idea. But this one’s set in New York and it’s different characters. So, it’s in the same universe, the Taika-Jemaine universe, and it’s another documentary crew at the same time and they’ve found another flat full of vampires. I’d like to say that our characters [from the film] are still in New Zealand at the same time, there’s a chance that there could be some crossover.”
Waititi had originally planned a spin-off movie that would focus on the werewolves from the first movie. It was originally to be called ‘What We Do In The Moonlight’, but was later changed to ‘We’re Wolves’, but it appears that this project has been put on hold in favor of the TV show.
Fans of the original may be in for a treat, as Waititi mentioned that those characters may play some part on the U.S. series.
The ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ TV series is set to debut sometime in 2019.
Source: Entertainment Weekly