They’re the best in town, even if it’s a small town. Will anything slow down Taika Waititi? Since the mainstream success of 2014’s “What We Do In The Shadows,” it’s been one success after another for the New Zealand star. “Hunt For The Wilderpeople” cemented Waititi’s status as a writer/director to watch in 2016. After that, he helmed “Thor: Ragnarok” to wide acclaim and had an Oscar-winner with 2019’s “Jojo Rabbit.”
With imminent releases of “Thor: Love And Thunder” and his sports comedy “Next Goal Wins,” it’s safe to say Waititi has cemented his status as a Hollywood player. However, Waititi has several irons in the fire on the TV front, too. The first to reach audiences is “Reservation Dogs,” an all-new comedy set to hit FX On Hulu this summer. Set in rural eastern Oklahoma, the show follows a foursome of Indigenous American teenagers who commit crimes (and occasionally stop them) in a bid to head to California.
Waititi created the show alongside Native American filmmaker Sterlin Harjo, who hails from Oklahoma. “Reservation Dogs” is a passion project for Harlan and acts as an extension of his four previous films’ look at indigenous Native Americans as they navigate the trials and pitfalls of modern society. “Mekko,” Harjo’s latest film, hit the festival circuit back in 2015.
“Reservation Dogs” stars D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Devery Jacobs, Paulina Alexis, and Lane Factor as the four teenage leads. Guest stars for the show include Macon Blair, Zahn McClarnon, Tamara Podemski, Kirk Fox, Matty Cardapole, Dallas Goldtooth, and Bobby Lee.
Alongside shared writing and directing duties, Waititi and Harjo also serve as executive producers for the show with Garrett Basch, best known for the HBO limited series “The Night Of.”
Waititi’s HBO Max show “Our Flag Means Death” and AppleTV+ series “Time Bandits” are still in the pipeline, but perhaps “Reservation Dogs” will serve as a launching pad for Sterlin Harjo. Tune in to FX On Hulu on August 9, when the show’s first two episodes premiere. Check out the trailer below.