Fans of the quirky 2014 New Zealand “mockmentary” What We Do in the Shadows rejoice, for FX has dropped the first teasers for its much-anticipated TV adaptation. The half-hour comedy looks to preserve the same deadpan humor and worldweary tone that made the original film an instant cult classic.
Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement wrote, directed, and starred in the horror-comedy, playing vampire roommates Vladislav (Clement) and Viago (Waititi) in Wellington, New Zealand. Given their nocturnal nature, they and their vampire friends haven’t adapted to modern life particularly well, and their mishaps as they struggle to navigate the mundane trivialities of daily life in the 21st century are the source of much of the film’s deadpan humor. What We Do in the Shadows garnered a solid cult following after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, ultimately earning $6.9 million—a decent showing given its modest $1.6 million budget.
Combine that success with Waititi’s impressive directorial turn at the helm of Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, and it’s no surprise that TV networks came calling. Along with a rumored big-screen sequel about the werewolf gang introduced in the film (“We’re werewolves, not swearwolves”), the guys are well on their way to creating their own cinematic universe with two spinoff series.