Taika Waititi, the critically acclaimed filmmaker from New Zealand known for his beautiful filmography full of notable mentions like JoJo Rabbit, Hunt For The Wilderpeople and others, is turning his attentions to the bubbling world of TV series with his new project.
Having established himself as one of the most unique contemporary directors and is the recipient of an Academy Award, two Academy Award nominations and two Primetime Emmy Award nominations, the filmmaker continues to hone his style. Despite his big screen success, Waititi has drawn on inspiration from his contemporaries for his next work.
Referencing Quentin Tarantino film Reservoir Dogs, Waititi is teaming up with FX to reveal the first promotional shot of the cast Rez Dogz, his new show starring the likes of D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Devery Jacobs, Paulina Alexis, and Lane Factor. The first look image pays homage to Tarantino’s brutal feature film with the lead characters all wearing black suits and ties.
“Rez Dogz is coming,” Waititi said in a post on social media. “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.”
Waititi added: Reservation Dogs has officially been ordered to series. It tells the comedic story of four native teenagers in rural Oklahoma who spend their days committing crime… and fighting it.”
Speaking about the project in a new interview with Deadline, Harjo added: “As longtime friends, it was only natural that Taika and I found a project together,” he said. “And what better than a show that celebrates the complementary storytelling styles of our indigenous communities – mine in Oklahoma and Taika’s in Aotearoa?”
See the image, below.