Last spring, Taika Waititi thrilled us with the sidesplittingly hysterical vampire mockumentary What We Do In the Shadows. And since then, the Kiwi writer/director has been blowing up, scoring major gigs and taking on Sundance with his follow-up Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Which is great and all, but what about more sweet and silly vampire shenanigans?
We’ve known Waititi and co-writer Jemaine Clement have been working on a spinoff about the werewolves (not swearwolves) of What We Do In the Shadows. Early rumors suggested its title would be What We Do in the Moonlight, but in a Crave interview, Waititi revealed, “It’s going to be called We’re Wolves, like ‘We are wolves.’ We’re Wolves.”
But bitter to this sweet news, We’re Wolves will have to wait until the director on the rise completes his next fancy assignment. Waititi is currently on preproduction on Thor: Ragnarok, which won’t hit theaters until November 3, 2017. Upside: it’ll be a big budget Marvel movie with a brilliantly witty director and a cast that not only includes Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, and Mark Ruffalo, but also Cate Blanchett.
In the meantime, we have Hunt for the Wilderpeople to look forward to. The comedy based on Barry Crump’s book centers on the misadventure of a trouble-making tween and his grifter uncle (Sam Neill) when they disappear into the New Zealand bush. Angie Han of Slash Film describes the pic as “A sort of live-action Up with dashes of Roald Dahl, Wes Anderson, and Thelma & Louise, all filtered through Waititi’s own warm, offbeat sense of humor,” adding the film “looks destined to become a new childhood classic.”
Count us in.
Kristy Puchko should have gone to Sundance.