Taika Waititis Crew Stores Hobbit Set Equipment for Low-Budget What We Do in the Shadows

Taika Waititis Crew Stores Hobbit Set Equipment for Low-Budget What We Do in the Shadows ...

When it comes to Taika Waititi''s entertaining party tone, she does not beat the New Zealand bush.

On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, the writer and director of The Thor: Love and Thunder revealed that his 2014 vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, er, borrowed, from Peter Jackson''s big-budget Lord of the Rings epic The Hobbit.

When Jemaine [Clement, the film producer and star] and I got started, Waititi explained that we had no money to do that film, and The Hobbit had just finished, and I''ll tell you this. OK, but my production designer will take his crew to The Hobbit studios and stole all of the broken-down green screens and took all of the timber. We built a house.

While Waititi was shooting Shadows, the low budget for What We Do in the Shadows was roughly $200 million less than The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which was released in 2013. Shot back-to-back in 2012, the first Hobbit film and the sequel had already wrapped production. Waititi said he is not sure whether or not actor Jackson is familiar with his crews haul.

Waititi joked that I had never talked to Peter Jackson about this. I don''t know if he knows it. I like writing it at parties, that story. I don''t know if he does the same thing.

What We Do in the Shadows continued to create an FX spinoff series of the same name, enlisting Waititis Taikaverse on television, according to IndieWires Eric Kohn.

The Taikaverse is a multibillion-dollar spin on The Office, but it is also developing a slapstick that often suggests a gothic spin on the project, according to Kohn. In the process, the outsized characters have not sparked interest in the main characters, and it is maintaining a gloomy smile throughout the day.

Waititi is also directing Reservoir Dogs and Our Flag means death, as well as directing an upcoming Star Wars film, and another film, Next Goal Wins, the directors universe is expanding faster than ever before.