Cult comedy-horror What We Do In The Shadows is coming to FX as a television series, and the first teasers have been released.
Nearly four years after What We Do In The Shadows (2014) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and became an overnight cult classic, FX is working on an episodic TV adaptation, with original ‘vamps’ Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) and Jermaine Clement (Flight Of The Conchords) signed on as executive producers.
What We Do In The Shadows, the film, is a laugh-a-minute horror mockumentary about a group of vampire friends—Viago (Taika Waititi), Vladislav (Jermaine Clement), Deacon (Jonathon Brugh), and Petyr (Ben Fransam)—who all live together in a sharehouse in Wellington New Zealand.
The film chronicles the hijinx that ensue as the quartet attempt to blend into society, despite their many, many quirks; and like any group of sun-allergic undead, they also have a human servant, in their case, Jackie (Jackie van Beek), who runs errands for them during the day. At night they roam freely, looking for humans to feed on, in turn creating their own brand of hilarity.
There isn’t much information about the series floating around yet, but obviously it will continue on from the film. Here’s what we do know…
Unlike the film, set in New Zeland, New York will be the group’s new playground. Viewers will also be introduced into a brand new group of bloodsuckers named Laszlo (Matt Berry), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), Nandor (Kayvan Novak), and Colin (Mark Proksch). Unfortunately, Takai and Jermaine have no plans to appear, yet, and are only producing – which is a little disappointing, as both are hilarious in the original.
To garner excitement, FX released two short scenes of the new series on Wednesday, giving viewers—old and new—a glimpse of what they can expect.
The first scene shows Nadja and Nandor, and their human assistant, Guillermo (Harvey Guillen) waiting for virgins they plan on sacrificing to arrive. “They should be here any minute master,” says Guillermo. “Fingers crossed.” This gesture, due to the cross formation, incites hissing out of the vampires.
The second scene showcases a smart-mouthed cashier protesting against Nandor’s decision to pay for his groceries with an ancient coin. Nandor then demands his servant to “stab” the cashier, before the clip cuts off.
Just like the film, this is funny stuff.
Luckily, viewers won’t have to wait too long to find out how that scene pans out (though one can guess).
What We Do In The Shadows will premiere next Spring on FX.