New Zealand writer-director Taika Waititi is an extremely busy man. His new, Sam Neill-starring adventure-comedy Hunt for the The Wilderpeople opens June 24, and he is currently prepping the Marvel superhero film, Thor: Ragnarok. So, where does that leave We’re Wolves, the sequel to the much-loved vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows, which Waititi codirected with Flight of the Conchords member Jemaine Clement?
“We want to do it, and we’re coming up with story ideas,” Waititi, who also starred in Shadows, told EW last week. “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.”
Waititi also revealed that We’re Wolves will concern a power battle between lycanthropes played by What We Do in the Shadows stars Rhys Darby and Stuart Rutherford. “The same werewolf actors would come back,” said Waititi. “It would basically be Rhys and Stu vying for position as the alpha male in the werewolf gang.”
Can’t wait for We’re Wolves to see Darby in another Taika Waititi project? Good news: The comic actor plays a survivalist type living in the New Zealand bush in Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
“It’s basically Rhys playing himself in 40 years,” says Waititi. “Because he’s into all this s—. He’s into UFOs and X-Files and all that.
You can see the trailers for Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows, below: