Last month it was announced by The Hollywood Reporter, that the cult classic What We Do In The Shadows got the go ahead from FX for a half hour pilot episode of a US version of the show. The original mockumentary was created by Taika Waititi, he who sent Thor: Ragnarok in to the stratosphere and Jermain Clement, from Flight of The Concords.
It has now been announced that Doug Jones will be joining the cast. While his role is currently a tightly held secret, it is hoped that, alongside Beanie Feldstein, Jake McDorman, and Mark Proksch who were also announced, his is one of the recurring roles should it get green lit to a series.
Last month it was revealed that Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou and Harvey Guillen were already signed on to appear in the pilot. However at this point it is unclear if Clement and Waititi will have an on-screen role, as they did in the original.
The Hollywood Reporter described the potential series as more of a “reboot” than a “remake”, but we hope it maintains the same irreverent and documentary style that makes the film so hilarious. Waititi will direct, so we can be sure that there will be absolute silliness and biting wit, and Clement has written the screenplay.
Jones is currently on screens as Saru in Star Trek: Discovery, and he plays the creature in the Oscar-nominated film The Shape of Water, directed by Guillermo del Toro. He has also been seen in Hellboy, Hellboy 2, Pan’s Labyrynth and The Strain as well as appearing alongside Tom Hiddleston in the del Toro directed Crimson Peak.
The new pilot is not to be confused with the New Zealand series set to screen later this year, Wellington Paranormal, which follows the two detectives featured in the film as they investigate ghosts, werewolves and zombies in and around Wellington. Waititi and Clement also created that series.
While we are not entirely sure tinkering with such a cult classic is a good idea, in the hands of the original creators we have some faith it will be just as offbeat and hilarious as the original.
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