What We Do In The Shadows, Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi and Flight Of The Conchords comedian Jemaine Clement's absolutely hilarious mockumentary about vampires living in modern times which came out in 2014, is undoubtedly one of the funniest movies of the last 20 years. So we have been eagerly anticipating FX's television adaptation, which moves the story from New Zealand to Staten Island. And finally, you can get your first glimpse of the show in the trailer below.
Much like the movie, the show follows four (different) vampires who have "lived" together for hundreds of years on Staten Island. Based on the trailer, it certainly retains the same dry sense of humor as the film as well. You can get a fill impression of the plot in the summary below:
The self-appointed leader of the group is “Nandor The Relentless” (Kayvan Novak), a great warrior and conqueror from the Ottoman Empire, who has taken the helm of the group despite many of his Old World tactics resulting in what some might politely refer to as bupkis. Then there’s the British vampire “Laszlo” (Matt Berry) - a bit of a rogue and a dandy and a fop, he might say. He’s a lover of mischief and a great soirée, but not as much as he loves seeing Nandor fail miserably in every attempt. And then there’s “Nadja” (Natasia Demetriou): the seductress, the temptress, the vampiric Bonnie to Laszlo’s Clyde. Her wisdom and provocative tales from times past allow us insight into the many ups and downs of living an immortal life.
Also cohabiting in the vampire household is “Guillermo” (Harvey Guillén), Nandor’s familiar (a.k.a. servant/protector during the daylight hours), who wants nothing more than to be made a real vampire just like his master. Also lurking about is “Colin Robinson” (Mark Proksch), an energy vampire and day-walker of sorts -- he feasts on humans, but not on their blood. A frequent visitor is Nadja’s new friend, “Jenna” (Beanie Feldstein), a student at a nearby community college. She loves LARPing, boys, and art history, and for some reason has been rather confused lately as to why it is she so ravenously craves the flesh of the living.
After an unexpected visit from their dark lord and leader, “Baron Afanas,” the vampires are reminded of what they were initially tasked with upon their arrival in Staten Island over a hundred years ago - total and complete domination of the New World. But what exactly is the best way to go about achieving said domination? Our vérité camera crew follows along as the vampires set out to answer this query.
While neither Waititi nor Clement are starring in this adaptation of the mockumentary, they are both actively involved with the show, which gives me great hope that it will retain the sensibility of the original while adding something new to it by setting it in contemporary NYC (and adding in things like "energy vampires"). Clement created the 10-episode series, and both Waititi and Clement are acting as executive producers of the remake.
— Todd VanDerWerff (@tvoti) February 4, 2019
The show premieres on Wednesday, March 27th at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.