What We Do in the Shadows lands 10-part US series

Writer and director Taika Waititi also starred in the first film.
Writer and director Taika Waititi also starred in the first film. Photo credit: Madman Entertainment

The successful Kiwi film What We Do in the Shadows is set for an American television reboot.

21st Century Fox-owned US channel FX announced a pilot episode in January, but has now confirmed it will go ahead with a 10-part series, each half-an-hour long.

The original film, directed, written by and starring Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, is a mockumentary following the lives of three vampires flatting together in Wellington.

The pair will stay on as executive directors of the new series, with a new cast featuring Matt Berry, Kayvan Novak and Natasia Demetriou, all from Britain, and Mexican-American actor Harvey Guille.

The exact details of the show, including the release date, have not been made public. However there is wide speculation it will be set in New York City, featuring a similar unconventional house-sharing setup to the first film.

Waititi found international fame last year after the release of critically acclaimed Thor: Ragnarok in October. Reviews noted his distinct Kiwi humour in the Marvel film.

Waititi and Clement are also working on another mockumentary series, Wellington Paranormal, following the lives of the blundering police officers Mike Minogue and Karen O'Leary.

A second film, We're Wolves - following the hilarious "werewolves not swearwolves" gang led by comedian Rhys Darby in the first film - is also in the works. However, Waititi says that could still be years away - as the first movie took six years to write.

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