Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows is officially headed to TV, with FX ordering a 10-episode season of the half-hour comedy series. FX commissioned a pilot for the show back in January.
Based on the 2014 New Zealand mockumentary comedy of the same name, the series will follow the lives of three vampires who have been roommates for hundreds and hundreds of years. The TV adaptation will be set in New York City rather than Wellington, NZ and will star Matt Berry, Kayvan Novak, Natasia Demetriou, and Harvey Guillen.
“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 FX president of original programming Nick Grad. “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 10-episode first season will air on FX in mid-2019.
Be sure to read IGN’s review of What We Do in the Shadows, which is top notch. In related news, Clement and Bret McKenzie are reviving Flight of the Conchords with an hour-long special airing in May on HBO. Clement is also working on a feature sequel to What We Do in the Shadows with Waititi, who is coming off major box office success following his work helming Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok. The sequel will be called We’re Wolves and based on the group of werewolves featured in the original film.
Luke is Games Editor at IGN’s Sydney office. You can find him on Twitter every few days @MrLukeReilly.