'What We Do in the Shadows 2'? Director Taika Waititi Is Thinking It's a Werewolf Story


‘What We Do In the Shadows’ cast portrait (Photo: Unison Films)

Director Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows was one of 2014’s most pleasant — and uproarious — surprises, a mockumentary (co-helmed by Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement) that charted the various goings-on in a house populated by four clownish vampires. While the New Zealand filmmaker has moved on to new projects, including this Friday’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople and next fall’s Marvel sequel Thor: Ragnarok, he revealed in a recent chat that we may not have seen the last of his prior hit’s bloodsuckers.

Watch a clip from Taika Waititi’s ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’:

Speaking with Clark Collis for EW.com, Waititi — who’s currently prepping Thor’s third go-round, which will pair him with Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk — confessed that ideas are already percolating for an equally silly Shadows sequel.

“We want to do it, 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. 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. The first time we were doing it, we had no idea what we were trying to do, really. 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.”

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The forthcoming follow-up will, according to Waititi, focus on the original’s werewolf characters, played by Rhys Darby and Stuart Rutherford. “It would basically be Rhys and Stu vying for position as the alpha male in the werewolf gang,” Waititi told EW.com.

Before he gets to that project, however, he’ll be at the helm of Marvel’s latest, which he sorta-kinda admits to The Daily Beast’s Jen Yamato is akin to a superhero variation on the Robert De Niro-Charles Grodin action-comedy classic Midnight Run.

“No, I don’t know! I mean… sure? I wouldn’t say Midnight Run. You don’t want to put these things in people’s heads but definitely there’s the element… I don’t know. How am I gonna answer that? I can’t tell you anything!”

Waititi’s latest, the hilarious Hunt for the Wilderpeople (co-starring Sam Neill), arrives in theaters this Friday.

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