The highly-anticipated What We Do in the Shadows TV series has finally found a network home, with FX issuing a pilot production commitment for the show. There had been talk that Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, who both directed, wrote and starred in the What We Do in the Shadows movie that debuted in 2015, where making an American movie remake of the comedy, featuring American vampire characters. Taika Waititi confirmed in October that project will actually be a TV reboot, and a cast has already been lined up.
Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, and Harvey Guillen have been set to star in this series, although no details about their characters have been given. It isn't known if they will have have any connection to the characters portrayed in the original movie by Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Jonathan Brugh and Ben Fransham, who hailed from New Zealand, although that seems unlikely. In the original movie, those vampire characters lived in the city of Wellington, although there is no indication as to where this American series may be set.
Both Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi will serve as executive producers on the series, with Jemaine Clement set to write the pilot episode, and Taika Waititi set to direct that first episode. Also serving as executive producers are Scott Rudin, Paul Simms, Garret Basch and Eli Bush, the latter two who work for Scott Rudin Productions. It hasn't been confirmed when production will begin on the pilot episode, or if there are still any major roles left to be cast before filming begins. While the cable network did issue a pilot production commitment, there is still no guarantee that it will ultimately get a series order and eventually air on FX, but given the growing trend of movie-to-TV adaptations, it certainly seems likely.
The series is actually the third project that has ties to What We Do in the Shadows that both Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi are working on at the moment. There is a movie sequel the filmmaking duo are developing called We're Wolves, which follows the group of werewolves prominently featured in the original movie. Clement and Waititi are also working on a New Zealand-set spin-off TV series called Wellington Paranormal, which follows the inept cops Karen and Mike, played by Karen O'Leary and Mike Minogue, who were briefly featured in the original movie. There is no indication yet as to when those projects may go into production.
Taika Waititi is coming off the Marvel Studios blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok, which he directed and also played the scene-stealing character Korg. The movie pulled in over $850 million worldwide. Jemaine Clement will be reviving his hit HBO series Flight of the Conchords with a new special set to debut in May, and he also played Oliver Bird in FX's Legion. He also stars in An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, which debuted last weekend at the Sundance Film Festival, and he is currently filming The Festival. Head on over to Variety for their full report on this new series.