10:00am PT by Rick Porter
Taika Waititi-Sterlin Harjo Comedy Series a Go at FX
FX has greenlit a comedy series about Native American teenagers from Taika Waititi and filmmaker Sterlin Harjo.
Reservation Dogs, from FX Productions, will follow a group of four Native teenagers in rural Oklahoma who spend their days committing crime, as well as fighting it. The core cast, assembled by casting director Angelique Midthunder, comprises D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai (Netflix's Creeped Out, Murdoch Mysteries), Devery Jacobs (American Gods), Paulina Alexis (Beans) and newcomer Lane Factor.
"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 at FX. "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."
Guest stars for the pilot, which was filmed in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, include Tamara Podemski, Zahn McClarnon, Macon Blair, Kirk Fox, Matty Cardarople, Dallas Goldtooth, Lil Mike and Funny Bone.
Harjo and Waititi co-wrote the pilot for Reservation Dogs, and Harjo directed. The show's writers room will be made up entirely of Indigenous writers. Harjo and Waititi executive produce with Basch (What We Do in the Shadows).
"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 series is Waititi's second at FX, as he's also an exec producer of What We Do in the Shadows. The prolific filmmaker also has TV projects in the works at HBO Max (Our Flag Means Death) and Showtime (The Auteur, with Jude Law).
Harjo's directing credits include features Four Sheets to the Wind, Barking Water and Mekko and an episode of The Magicians on Syfy.