The What We Do in the Shadows Spinoff TV Series Will Be Like X-Files, but With Zombies and Werewolves

Image: Paramount Pictures
Image: Paramount Pictures

We knew that the story of Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows would continue in the upcoming film We’re Wolves, and that the world of supernatural banality the duo created would also expand with a TV series. We’ve finally got some details about the latter project, titled Wellington Paranormal.


In an interview with Stuff, Clement announced the series’ first season will consist of six 30-minute episodes. Wellington Paranormal will follow detectives Mike Minogue and Karen O’Leary as they patrol the streets of Wellington, New Zealand in search of nefarious supernatural activity that seems to have taken root in the town. Minogue and O’Leary, you’ll recall, were featured in What We Do in the Shadows, where the two were glamored by Viago (Waititi) so as not to be able to see dead bodies or blood.

Producer Paul Yates described Wellington Paranormal as another documentary-style project, but this time the creative team is drawing more inspiration from The X-Files. According to Clement, we can expect to see at least a couple of supernatural folks from What We Do in the Shadows pop up during the series, thanks in large part to the crew’s willingness to deal with the undead while filming:

“We had an incident with some zombies which got pretty tense there. So luckily they’re taken care of. A couple of crew members were turned into zombies – I think. It’s hard to tell sometimes. Also, some very worrying things have happened in Lower Hutt as well. There was a party in Khandallah that got a bit out of hand, too, with some undead member of the Wellington public.”

Wellington Supernatural is slated to begin airing on TVNZ 2 some time next year; here’s hoping it makes its way stateside, too.

Charles Pulliam-Moore is an NYC-based culture critic whose work centers on fandom, pop culture, politics, race, and sexuality. He still thinks Cyclops made a few valid points.



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