Good news, vampire lovers: one of the most beloved cult supernatural hits is going to become a television series!
Taika Waititi has been riding high recently since the release of “Thor: Ragnarok”, and the increased attention that he’s earned has clearly not gone unnoticed by those in the television industry.
Now, FX has announced plans to turn Waititi’s vampire mockumentary, “What We Do in the Shadows”, into a full-blown television series.
This is perfect.
“What We Do in the Shadows” is not a visually impressive film. There are cool moments here, but part of its charm is that it’s a low-budget movie without an awful lot of special effects.
As such, making a TV show out of this premise – especially if it keeps its mockumentary format – should be no more expensive than a standard sitcom for FX. There are few movies that can be turned into TV shows without a dip in visual quality, but this is one property that will work perfectly on the small screen.
There’s also a lot more room for telling episodic stories set in this universe of friendly vampires. The “What We Do in the Shadows” movie feels like a long TV episode to begin with, thanks to its incredibly mundane plot.
The charm comes from seeing evil, otherworldly creatures doing the dishes, and learning to connect with friends on Facebook. There’s a lot of room for similarly small stories to play out in a TV show as the cast of vampires have their tiny misadventures week after week.
The only real danger of the show is that, in transitioning the project to FX, the show might lose some of the wit and humor that the original movie possesses.
A lot of the comedy in “What We Do in the Shadows” comes from the core cast having the chance to improvise and make stuff up as they go, and it’s hard to argue that the film has a very distinct New Zealand personality.
In order to get this right, FX will need the right cast of actors on board with messing around and trying out new improv jokes as they go.
There is also the possibility that FX’s show might lose some of the dark atmosphere of the original movie. When the original British version of “The Office” was adapted for American audiences, a lot of the depressing, dry undertones were stripped away to make a more lighthearted comedy.
It’s possible that the same could happen with “What We Do in the Shadows”, as TV executives don’t trust audiences to enjoy anything that isn’t glossy and well-lit.
This would be a shame, as these kinds of changes would somewhat weaken the television adaptation of this classic horror comedy.
“What We Do in the Shadows” does somewhat need the shadows, so here’s hoping FX doesn’t entire strip them out to make the show look more pretty.