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The supernatural beings lurking in New Zealand capital Wellington are set to come out of the darkness once more in an upcoming TV spinoff to Taika Waititi’s mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows.
The procedural comedy series Paranormal Event Response Unit — conceived by Waititi and Flight of the Conchords star Jemaine Clement, who played the 862-year-old vampire known as Vladislav in the 2014 hit — will follow naive police officers Karen and Mike (who had minors roles in the film) as they attempt to keep Wellington residents safe from all manner of mythical beasts.
Broadcast funding agency NZ On Air has granted $1 million towards making the six 30-minute episodes, which will screen on local channel TVNZ 2.
“Comedy is serious business and notoriously hard to get right. We are delighted that Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi are bringing their talents to smaller screens,” said NZ On Air boss Jane Wrightson, according to New Zealand web site Newshub.
Waititi, who is currently filming Thor: Ragnorok, has previously spoken about making a What We Do in the Shadows spinoff, in January discussing a show centered on the film’s pacifist werewolves, which he said would be called, aptly, We’re Wolves. The director’s latest film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, had a limited release in North America over the summer, earning $5 million.
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