1:15pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'What We Do in the Shadows' Pilot From Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi Set at FX
Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi are bringing What We Do in the Shadows to the small screen.
The duo, who originally wrote, directed and starred in the 2014 New Zealand vampire mockumentary, have landed a pilot-production order at FX for a reboot of the film.
Based on the feature of the same name, the half-hour comedy will be written by Clement and directed by Waititi. The latter is fresh off the success of helming Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok.
Set to star in the new What We Do in the Shadows are Kayvan Novak (Danger Mouse, Thunderbirds Are Go), Matt Berry (Toast of London), Natasia Demetriou (Year Friends) and Harvey Guillen (The Thundermans, The Internship). It's unclear if Clement and Waititi will also have any onscreen role.
Clement and Waititi will executive produce alongside franchise newcomers Scott Rudin (The Night Of, The Newsroom), Paul Simms (Flight of the Conchords, Atlanta) and Scott Rudin Productions' Garrett Basch and Eli Bush. The comedy will be produced in-house at FX Productions.
Produced on a budget of $1.6 million, the film grossed $6 million globally and has since become a cult favorite. The feature revolved around four vampire roommates who shared a home in Te Aro as they kill at night but are forced to live together during the day. Waititi, Clement, Jonathan Brugh and Ben Fransham starred as the vampire roommates.
The Shadows revival comes at a busy time for Clement, who revived Flight of the Conchords for an hourlong special to air in May on HBO. He is repped by UTA and Morris Yorn. Waititi, who has Bubbles in the works, is with CAA and Manage-ment.