Jemaine Clement and Taiki Waititi’s critically acclaimed, award-winning comedy film What We Do in the Shadows has spawned a television series. FX confirmed they’ve ordered a first season of what will be a half-hour comedy series.
Jemaine Clement (star of Eagle vs Shark, Flight of the Conchords, Legion), Taiki Waititi (director of Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnarok), and Paul Simms (writer of The Larry Sanders Show, Divorce) are on board as executive producers. Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, and Garrett Basch are also executive producing.
The series is set to star Matt Berry (House of Fools), Kayvan Novak (Four Lions), Natasia Demetriou (Year Friends), and Harvey Guillen (The Internship). FX is targeting a spring 2019 premiere of the 10 episode first season.
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, President 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 2014 feature film won the San Diego Film Critics Society’s Best Original Screenplay and Best Ensemble awards. It also won Denver Film Critics Society’s Best Comedy Film, Hawaii International Film Festival’s Best Narrative Feature, and Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness People’s Choice award. Additionally, the film won in New Zealand Film and TV Awards’ Best Supporting Actress (Jackie van Beek), Best Self-Funded Film, Best Production Design, and Best Sound categories.
The Plot: Set in New York City, What We Do in the Shadows follows three vampires who have been roommates for hundreds and hundreds of years.