After the success of the TV adaptation of “What We Do In The Shadows,” it was only a matter of time before FX goes back to Taika Waititi for a new series, right? Well, it appears that the new series is going to be “Reservation Dogs,” which was previously announced but has officially been picked up for a season by the cable network.
According to FX, Taika Waititi and co-creator/producer Sterlin Harjo have impressed the network so much with the pilot of “Reservation Dogs” that FX is ready to move ahead with a full-season order. The official description of the series says, “‘Reservation Dogs’ follows four Native teenagers in rural Oklahoma who spend their days committing crime… and fighting it.” Add to the mix, the aforementioned Waititi, and you are definitely in for something special with the upcoming FX series. And let’s just get this out of the way–the FX seal of approval is basically at the point where you just have to give all of the network’s shows a shot, right? FX is up there with HBO of the mid-2000s, where it can do no wrong.
“Sterlin Harjo draws deeply on his experiences as a Native Oklahoman to make ‘Reservation Dogs’ a true-to-life and incredibly funny story of youth, courage and misadventures,” said Nick Grad, President, Original Programming, FX Entertainment. “Taika Waititi lends his considerable talents to the series, helping Sterlin and their creative partner Garrett Basch produce a unique and original series we can’t wait for audiences to see.”
“As longtime friends, it was only natural that Taika and I found a project together, and what better than a show that celebrates the complementary storytelling styles of our indigenous communities––mine in Oklahoma and Taika’s in Aotearoa,” said Harjo. “We’re thrilled by the opportunity to tell the Reservation Dogs’ story with our amazing cast and crew, Garrett Basch, and the whole team at FX.”
The main cast for “Reservation Dogs” includes D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Devery Jacobs, Paulina Alexis, and Lane Factor. In addition to the main cast, the pilot episode has guest stars such as Tamara Podemski, Zahn McClarnon, Macon Blair, Kirk Fox, Matty Cardarople, Dallas Goldtooth, Lil Mike, and Funny Bone.
The eight-episode first season of “Reservation Dogs” is expected in 2021. You can see the first-look photo below.