FX has given a series order to a reboot of What We Do In The Shadows, the long-in-the-works half-hour comedy based on the 2014 mockumentary horror film co-written, co-directed by and starring Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. Clement is writer and executive producer on the TV adaptation, and Waititi will direct and executive produce. The project originally received a pilot order earlier this year. The pilot has now been picked up to series with a 10-episode first season slated to premiere in spring 2019.
Set in New York City, What We Do in the Shadows follows three vampires who have been roommates for hundreds and hundreds of years.
Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillen are set to star in the series, executive produced by Scott Rudin, Paul Simms, Garrett Basch and Eli Bush.
“What We Do in the Shadows only gets better with age thanks to this brilliant adaptation for television by co-creators Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi,” said Nick Grad, Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. “Their feature version was a hilarious, fresh take on the mundanity of everyday life that even immortals must face. We are thankful to them, Paul Simms and Scott Rudin, and this amazing cast for taking us deeper into the shadows with this series.”
The film about a group of vampires who live together in Wellington, New Zealand, earned $6.9 million on a $1.6 million budget. It revolved around vampires Viago, Deacon and Vladislav, who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane — like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs and overcoming flatmate conflicts. Watch a trailer of the original film below.
Novak will play Nandor, the head vampire of the house. Berry plays Lazslo, the goofiest in the house, the type of vampire who turns into a bat and flies into a wall. Demetriou plays Nadja, the badass female vampire of the house. Guillen is believed to play Nandor’s assistant.
Waititi recently directed Thor: Ragnorak for Disney, which is looking to acquire key 21st Century Fox assets, including FX Networks.
Waititi and Flight of the Conchords co-creator/star Clement also worked together on that HBO series, on which Waititi was a director. Clement, who co-stars on the FX drama series Legion, and fellow Flight of the Conchords co-creator/star Bret McKenzie are reuniting for a new special set to air on HBO later this month.