Before Y: The Last Man lands on FX on Hulu, Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo‘s new FX series, Reservation Dogs, will premiere the month before on the streaming service on August 9th. The title isn't the only aspect of the new comedy-drama series that alludes to the classic Quentin Tarantino film.
The story will follow four kids, the “Reservation Dogs”, as they steal, rob, and save as much money as they can to get out of their small, boring town in Oklahoma and move to their promised land: California. Taking one place after the death of the fifth member of their group, the series will explore their collective grief as they work to outwit junkyard meth users, survive the attacks of the rival gang, and try to make something of themselves.
Harjo, who will direct the first episode, nased much of the story off his own experiences so while Waititi lends his trademark brand of humor stylings to the proceedings (who co-wrote the pilot, in fact), Harjo seems to be the guiding force behind the narrative. In a recent interview with variety, Harjo had this to say in working with the Oscar-winning filmmaker:
“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. 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.”
Today, the official trailer for their collaboration has been released. Check it out below: