– ‘Dark Winds’ series is officially coming to AMC and AMC+
– The project is based on the popular book series by Tony Hillerman
– ‘Dark Winds’ is set to premiere in 2023
AMC recently announced that ‘Dark Winds’, a new six-episode series based on the novel series by Tony Hillerman, is officially in the works. Set to premiere in 2023, the crime-thriller drama will air on AMC and AMC+. Hillerman’s novels follow the thrilling adventures of two Navajo police officers, Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, solving cases on the reservation.
Created and produced by Graham Roland, who previously worked on ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’, the project involves high-profile Native American talent, including the director of the pilot, Chris Eyre. Other executive producers include George R.R. Martin and Robert Redford.
The story takes place on the Navajo reservation in the 1970s, with Zahn McClarnon and Kiowa Gordon as the leads. McClarnon, who has starred in ‘Fargo’ and ‘Westworld’, will play detective Joe Leaphorn, while Gordon, known for his role on ‘Roswell, New Mexico’, will play Officer Jim Chee.
The show seeks to provide a glimpse into the Navajo culture, showcasing the community’s unbreakable bond with nature. AMC’s commitment to representation and inclusivity has resulted in a predominantly Native American and Indigenous cast and creative team, as well as efforts to film on location in traditional Navajo territory.
Dan McDermott, president of entertainment and AMC Studios, expressed excitement for the collaboration with talented individuals behind the project, stating: “We are excited to welcome these extraordinarily talented Native American cast, led by Zahn McClarnon and Kiowa Gordon, the professional Navajo linguist and cultural advisor we have engaged, as well as our predominantly Native American and Indigenous crew.”
In addition to the initial six episodes, fans can look forward to a second and third season of the thrilling crime-series that delves deep into the authentic world of Navajo culture.