One of cinema’s finest contemporary minds, Taika Waititi’s talents cross both film and television, having released the award-winning Jojo Rabbit in 2019, along with heading up several episodes of the ongoing vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows.
His latest project, following an announcement in December 2020, will be titled Reservation Dogs, a play on Quentin Tarantino’s iconic 1992 film Reservoir Dogs which “follows four Native teenagers who spend their days committing crime… and fighting it”.
In the short trailer (linked below) for the new series, four teenagers “steal, rob and save in order to get to the exotic, mysterious and faraway land of California,” as described by the show’s synopsis, with the four lead characters being played by D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Devery Jacobs, Paulina Alexis, and Lane Factor.
Alongside significant cast members, every writer and director working on Taika Waititi’s new show is indigenous to New Zealand, with Waititi commenting: “I am so proud to be a part of something that amplifies Indigenous voices and especially proud to be making it with my brother Sterlin Harjo,” when he announced the show in 2020.
Donning black suits and ties that recalls Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Steve Buscemi, among others, in Quentin Tarantino’s original 1992 film, Waititi’s series comes after recent claims that the director had considered rebooting his debut film. “I won’t do it, internet,” Tarantino stated, before stating “But I considered it,” the director recalled in a recent interview, noting about Reservoir Dogs, “That’s kind of a ‘capture time in a moment’ kind of thing”.
Take a closer look at the trailer for Taika Waititi’s Reservation Dogs below: