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WWDITS Movie Stole Material From The Hobbit Set, Reveals Taika Waititi

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Taika Waititi has revealed that his vampire mockumentary film What We Do in the Shadows has a surprising connection to Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy.

The Hobbit films were Jackson's big-budget follow-up to his massively successful Lord of the Rings films. Comprising of An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug, and The Battle of the Five Armies, the trilogy was significantly less well-received critically than LOTR, but still made a collective $2.94 billion.

This was partially due to the fact that the trilogy, even though it was set in the time before LOTR, was still able to feature appearances by several original characters, including Ian McKellen's Gandalf, Orlando Bloom's Legolas, and Hugo Weaving's Elrond.

What We Do in the Shadows, despite also being a New Zealand production, is considerably more of a sleeper hit. The 2014 film, which was co-written, co-directed by, and starred Waititi and Jemaine Clement, is a satirical look at vampire roommates, made off a budget of about $1.6 million.

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