What We Do in the Shadows was one the biggest independent horror comedies of 2015, which hailed from New Zealanders Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords). The uproarious vampire mockumentary was so well received on the awards and independent film circuit that the movie just demanded a sequel… and it’s getting one.
The sequel to What We Do in the Shadows will focus on the werewolf clan that was presented in the mockumentary film and will be presumably titled We’re Wolves, as reported by Entertainment Weekly.
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Taika Waititi wrote, directed, and starred in the film that featured loads of vampire style laughter, not to mention mild horror and gore that accompanied the feature in such erroneous ways that it was hard not to love the film.
“We want to do it (the sequel), and we’re coming up with story ideas. The first film took us about seven years to make, and we don’t want to do that again,” Waititi told EW. “It’s a lot easier now that we have all the characters, and we know how we want to do it, and we know that we can do it.”
Taika Waititi certainly did take his time when he was first making What We Do in the Shadows. But the production did seem to pay off very well, though, considering how good the movie was. Now that What We Do in the Shadows is getting a sequel, the sky truly is the limit to what they can come up with in terms of horror and comedy blended together.
“The first time we were doing it, we had no idea what we were trying to do, really.” Waititi told EW. “It’s not like we were inventing the mockumentary genre, but doing it with special effects, and trying to figure that all out, and make it funny, was a really, really long process.”
For those who have not seen What We Do in the Shadows, the basic premise of the movie was that a documentary film crew had been given unprecedented access to a small coven of vampires, all of whom ranged between 100- to 1,000-years-old. But the coven had only come together recently when they arrived in New Zealand and they make for interesting roommates, to say the least.
Their lives were living in the shadows out in the open, but behind closed doors, it was quite a different story. The film featured bickering back and forth between the vampire characters that resembled what real life people would do, with a few hilarious exceptions of course.
What We Do In The Shadows is basically my sense of humour summed up. I literally laugh the whole way through it lol. pic.twitter.com/MQpHmQq1Am
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There was also a feud that had been going on between the vampires and the werewolf clan, which seemed to be a very subtle feud, to say the least. But in the end, the two clans mended their ways and it seemed to have a happy ending, at least for some of the characters.
In the What We Do in the Shadows sequel, the film will be solely focused on the werewolves and their struggle to contain their beastly nature. Their leader, played by the extremely funny Rhys Darby, seems to be a man of a good nature. But when the wolf comes out, he has no control over it and that is where the horror and comedy comes into play.
“The same werewolf actors would come back [for the Shadows sequel],” Waititi said. “It would basically be Rhys and Stu vying for position as the alpha male in the werewolf gang.”
For those who are wondering who Rhys Darby is, he was the New Zealand ambassador in Flight of the Conchords alongside Clement.
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There has been no release date announced for the What We Do in the Shadows sequel as of yet.
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