Fans of Kiwi vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, you’re being spoilt. Not only is a werewolf-inspired sequel in the works, but two characters from the film will now be appearing in their very own TV spinoff.
Titled Paranormal Event Response Unit, the new series won’t focus on any of the blood-sucking roommates we saw living it up in wellington, New Zealand in last year’s cult hit.
Instead the NZ On Air series will follow police officers Karen and Mike (who only had brief roles in the film) as they try to keep the people of the Kiwi capital safe from supernatural wrong’uns.
Jermaine Clement and Taiki Waititi, who wrote, directed and starred in the original film, developed the six-episode series and are also working on a big screen spin-off called We’re Wolves, which follows a group of pacifist werewolves.
NZOA chief executive Jane Wrightson told Radio New Zealand that comedy was a serious business and “notoriously hard to get right.”
She added: “We are delighted that Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi are bringing their talents to smaller screens in Paranormal Event Response Unit.”
Waititi is currently directing the likes of Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston in the Marvel threequel Thor: Ragnarok, which lead to this brilliant What We Do in the Shadows-inspired sketch starring the hammer-throwing Norse god himself at Comic Con earlier this year.
Clement was last seen (or rather, heard) as nasty giant Lumpeater in Steven Spielberg’s The BFG and will next lend his vocal talents to Disney’s Moana which is out next month.
The only question that remains is: will Paranormal Event Response Unit ever find its way to UK screen?