One of our highlights of 2014, Taika Waititi’s What We Do In The Shadows has quickly built up a deserved cult following with its hilarious tale of vampire housemates Viago (Waititi), Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Petyr (Ben Fransham) and their day-to-day life. In what’s a surprise – but very welcome – piece of news, it seems as if we might be returning to their world in the form of a TV series.
The news was broken by Radio New Zealand News, who reveal that the series will comprise six episodes, and be called Paranormal Event Response Unit, and will focus on the daily life and work of police officers Karen and Mike, who “keep us safe from supernatural phenomena in their own police reality series.” Flight Of The Conchords alumni Clement and Waititi are the originators of this series, with Waititi giving a little bit more away in the following tweet:
The cops from Shadows are getting their own TV show. Think Mulder & Scully but in a country where nothing happens.https://t.co/fxYQhheWPG
— Taika Waititi (@TaikaWaititi) September 30, 2016
Presumably the two will encounter What We Do In The Shadows‘ leads at some point, as well as the various other supernatural beings that inhabit suburban New Zealand. Clearly there’s a lot of potential in the format, and considering the pleasingly positive reception that the film received, it’s clear that there’s a thirst for something similar.
Having helmed the similarly great Hunt For The Wilderpeople recently, as well as having an intriguing first foray into blockbusters on the way in the form of Thor: Ragnarok, it’s definitely a good time to be Taika Waititi. Hopefully he’ll be able to recapture the magic formula that brought him his earlier films, but in the meantime we’ll just head off and watch What We Do In The Shadows again. It just makes sense.
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