A What We Do In The Shadows sequel and TV series spin-off have been in the woodwork since the original film was released back in 2014. Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi and Flight Of The Concords’ alum Jemaine Clement have revealed a few new details about the six-episode series, called Wellington Paranormal.
Wellington Paranormal will follow paranormal investigators trying to find answers to bizarre occurrences in the town in which vampires, zombies, and werewolves reside. The series is aiming for a mid-2018 premiere in New Zealand.
Clement explained how the series will evolve from the original film, and how Wellington is plagued with paranormal activity and that “there was a very tense situation at the Bucket Fountain – I can tell you it involved a possible Gateway from Hell. We’re very concerned about this kind of stuff.”
Producer Paul Yates added that the series will be a little more X-Files-inspired, but with some familiar supernatural characters and personalities making appearances:
“We had an incident with some zombies which got pretty tense there. So luckily they’re taken care of. A couple of crew members were turned into zombies — I think. It’s hard to tell sometimes. Also, some very worrying things have happened in Lower Hutt as well. There was a party in Khandallah that got a bit out of hand, too, with some undead member of the Wellington public.”
The other What We Do In The Shadows spin-off is a feature-film called We’re Wolves, focusing on a group of polite werewolves, who appeared in the original film. That series is currently being worked on by Waititi and Clement, but don’t expect to see it anytime soon. “We’re notoriously [slow] at writing together, Jemaine and I,” Waititi said. “It usually takes place over emails, so we’re email each other one line of dialogue once a month. What We Do in the Shadows took six years to write.”
In addition to the spinoff TV series in New Zealand, Waititi is reportedly helping develop an American TV series based on the original film.
There’s no news as to a U.S. distributor for the show, but given the popularity of the film, it seems very likely that it will be picked up by streaming services or a U.S. channel at some point following the local broadcast.
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