Taika Waititi is one of those filmmakers that manages to write and direct movies that are not only engaging from start to finish, but he also ensures the narrative is just as ridiculous as it is real. You’ve undoubtably seen his latest MARVELous blockbuster hit Thor: Ragnarok. What about the little horror comedy mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows?
If that’s the case, then you have a good understanding of the kind of quirky humor and imaginative storytelling that is in store for us all with his next project: Wellington Paranormal.
The television show, which premieres on New Zealand’s TVNZ2 in one month, is going be in the style of What We Do in the Shadows’ documentary format. The decision to do this is fitting because the two main characters of Wellington Paranormal first appeared in the vampire flick as two seemingly uninterested police officers.
In Wellington Paranormal, we rejoin Officers Minogue and O’Leary (played by Mike Minogue & Karen O’Leary) who are now using that one strange experience at that vampire filled house as a means to seek out other strange occurances in New Zealand’s capital city.
The trailer shows the special investigation unit of Minogue and O’Leary encountering all manner of possessions, crop circles, and other beasts of the night while looking like a distant quirky cousin to the popular American reality show Cops. In typical Waititi fashion, the humour of Wellington Paranormal looks to be both off-beat and deeply dark, and that could be due to the fact that the co-writer of the show is the very same co-writer of What We Do in the Shadows, Jemaine Clement.
Season 1 of the What We Do in the Shadows spin-off show Wellington Paranomal premieres July 11th on TVNZ 2.. Here’s hoping that plenty more seasons of this surely hilarious show will soon follow!