Fans of the wildly popular and thoroughly brilliant 2014 vampire mockumentary, What We Do in the Shadows, will be happy to hear that there’s a new series that will continue the story of two characters from the original film. But they’re not the characters you’d expect.
Wellington Paranormal follows the lovable New Zealand police officers (played by Mike Minogue and Karen O’Leary) that had a brush with the strange and unusual when investigating the vampires’ home after reports of a disturbance in WWDitS.
Sergeant Ruawai Maaka of the Wellington Police enlists the aid of Officers Minogue and O’Leary to tackle paranormal events in New Zealand’s capital city. In a police reality show style, the 6 part series follows these kiwi cops as they investigate cases such as the demon possession of a teenager, a noise complaint at a haunted house and a blood bank robbery.
The new half-hour comedy series will continue the paranormal mockumentary theme, but with a Cops-style police procedural flair. Minogue and O’Leary return to their roles from WWDitS with the addition of Maaka Pohatu as the head of the police team’s paranormal division.
According to IMDb, Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi are set to reprise their characters from the film, but in what capacity and how often? That we don’t yet know. It may be as simple as a flashback clip from the film itself, so, take it with a grain of salt.
What We Do in the Shadows will also be reformulated as a TV series for FX with Clement and Waititi serving as executive producers. The show will distill the essence of the film, but with a new cast and a New York setting.
The new WWDitS series will star Matt Berry (The IT Crowd, Toast of London), Kayvan Novak (Four Lions, Syriana), Natasia Demetriou (Year Friends), and Harvey Guillen (The Magicians, The Internship). It’s currently in post-production and is set to air on FX next Spring.
There are also plans for a movie sequel to What We Do in the Shadows – cheekily titled We’re Wolves – which will follow a pack of werewolves (not swearwolves) as introduced in the first film. At this point, we don’t have any details on a release date – or any word on if Rhys Darby will return as the group’s disciplined leader – but we remain patiently optimistic.
For now, we’ll happily take Wellington Paranormal. The series debuts July 11 on TVNZ 2 and is unfortunately limited to the New Zealand channel, however, it’s likely that you’ll be able to track it down internationally in the near future. (Netflix, we’re going to gently make a suggestion here… please pick this up).
Check out the trailer below.