While Taika Waititi is currently enjoying some well-deserved praise for directing the latest entry in Marvel’s CU, Thor: Ragnarok, horror fans are already well acquainted with one of his earlier films: What We Do in the Shadows.
A hilarious mockumentary that follows four centuries-old vampires and flatmates in Wellington, including Waititi himself as the fastidious Viago and co-director and frequent collaborator Jemaine Clement as “Vladislav the Poker“. The film has been attached to several spin-offs since premiering to critical acclaim in 2014. One of the earliest was a proposed sequel focusing on the band of werewolves (not swearwolves) featured in the film, and Waititi also intends to make a US-based TV adaptation of the original. However, news has surfaced that a new TV spin-off is currently close to wrapping in New Zealand and will premiere in 2018 – a police mockumentary called Wellington Paranormal.
Directed by Clement, the six, thirty-minute episodes will follow police unit members Mike Minogue and Karen O’Leary, who appeared in the original film as good-natured but clueless cops who investigated the vampires’ flat and were hypnotized into paying no mind to the multiple corpses lying around. Wellington Paranormal will take “the mickey out of” police reality shows, according to producer Paul Yates, while adding a supernatural element as Officers Minogue and O’Leary are called to investigate strange occurrence in Wellington. No word on whether the rest of the main cast will guest star, although New Zealand’s Stuff reports that newly-turned vampire Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) may make an appearance.
The show is set to air on New Zealand channel TVNZ in mid-2018. There’s no news on a North American distributor yet, but considering how beloved What We Do in the Shadows is on our side of the pond (and Waititi’s newfound success in Hollywood), it’s probably a matter of time until we can see Officers Minogue and O’Leary share helpful fire safety tips on our screens: