What We Do in the Shadows coming to America in FX adaptation
Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement will be bringing their 2014 mockumentary comedy to American small screens with a TV adaptation at FX, according to Variety.
What We Do in the Shadows followed a group of vampires (Waititi, Clement, Jonathan Brugh, Ben Fransham) who live together in modern-day Wellington, New Zealand as they go through the mundane tasks of everyday life and of rooming with other people, as well as bringing in a vampire (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) just turned by the group.
The film earned rave reviews from critics upon release and quickly became an international cult classic, propelling Waititi and Clement even further into the spotlight as actors, writers and directors. Since its release, the film has had multiple continuations in development, with a sequel set on the group of werewolves seen in the film led by Anton (Rhys Darby, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle) still in active development, as well as a procedural comedy series based on the cops seen in the film as they encounter paranormal events around Wellington.
The new series, which will be written and executive-produced by Waititi and Clement, will follow three vampires who have been roommates for hundreds of years living in New York City, and will star Matt Berry (The IT Crowd), Kayvan Novak (Early Man), Natasia Demetriou (Year Friends) and Harvey Guillen (The Magicians). The 10-episode first season is set to debut sometime in spring of 2019.
Waititi, who is still enjoying the critical and commercial success of last year’s Thor: Ragnarok, is currently preparing to direct Jojo Rabbit, and is developing a stop-motion animated film about the life of Michael Jackson from the perspective of his pet chimpanzee, Bubbles, as well as a live-action adaptation of the acclaimed 1988 anime Akira. Clement can currently be seen in his regular role as Oliver Bird on the FX Marvel series, Legion.