‘Dark Winds’ to blow into NM: AMC series to bring Tony Hillerman’s Leaphorn and Chee to life
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‘Dark Winds’ to blow into NM: AMC series to bring Tony Hillerman’s Leaphorn and Chee to life

Zahn McClarnon will be starring in Dark Winds, a tv series based on Tony Hillerman’s books executive produced by George R.R. Martin and Robert Redford! I’ve read many of Hillerman’s books, they’re great. Can’t wait to see this series 😀

Jul. 11—The Navajo Nation and Santa Fe will be the backdrop to the new AMC series, “Dark Winds.”

The series has more New Mexico ties than just its location, the series is based on the Leaphorn & Chee book series by Tony Hillerman, and has New Mexico residents George R.R. Martin and Robert Redford signed on as executive producers alongside Tina Elmo and Vince Gerardis.

Santa Fe-based filmmaker Chris Eyre (Cheyenne, Arapaho) will helm the pilot episode, as well as executive produce.

Eyre is known for his Native film classic “Smoke Signals” and his work at The Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design before it closed.

“Over the past 25 years, it has been my goal to celebrate the telling of Native American-themed stories from a Native American perspective with characters we can all relate to,” Eyre says. “With this television series and the support of AMC, the great Navajo Nation and George and Bob, we are creating opportunities behind and in front of the camera while making great entertainment in the beloved American Southwest.”

“Dark Winds” is a psychological thriller that follows two Navajo police officers in the 1970s Southwest, as their search for clues in a grisly double murder case forces them to challenge their own spiritual beliefs and come to terms with the trauma of their pasts.

According to AMC, season one will include six episodes and is expected to premiere on AMC+ and AMC in 2022.

Starring in the series will be Zahn McClarnon and Kiowa Gordon as Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, respectively.

Martin jumped at the chance to work with Redford and Eyre on the project.

“Tony Hillerman was one of the greats, as every mystery reader knows. Down here in the Southwest, Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee are as iconic as Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Philip Marlowe, and Travis McGee,” Martin says. “Our plan is to shoot in New Mexico, in and around Santa Fe and on the Navajo reservation, and we are bringing in as many Navajo and other Native Americans as possible, as writers, directors, cast, and crew, to capture all the magic and mystery and wonder of the Land of Enchantment.”

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez is looking forward to having the production on the Navajo Nation.

“The Navajo Nation lifted more COVID-19 restrictions to welcome visitors and tourists back to Diné Bikéyah,” Nez says. “We look forward to welcoming the film crew and we hope this will serve to draw more interest from production companies and draw more tourists to boost our economy and contribute to the ‘Buy Navajo, Buy Local’ initiative.”

Redford, who lives in New Mexico, says he read his first Hillerman book in 1986 while filming in the state.

“Hillerman is a master storyteller, his writing is full of mystery and suspense, set amidst a background that blends traditional oral stories of Native American culture and landscape,” Redford says. “I am happy to partner with George R.R. Martin and AMC on this project, and am especially grateful for the collaboration with President Nez and The Navajo Nation.”

Source: Yahoo! News

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Zahn McClarnon Cast in The Shining Sequel Doctor Sleep

Westworld‘s Zahn McClarnon has been cast in The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep currently in the works at Warner Bros. He’ll be playing Crow Daddy, part of a mysterious psychic cult known as The True Knot who steal the lifeforces of children who can “Shine”. He joins previously announced cast members Ewan McGregor who’s playing an adult Danny Torrance, Rebecca Ferguson who’s playing The True Knot leader Rose the Hat, Alex Essoe who’s playing Wendy Torrance, and Carl Lumbly who will play Dick Halloran. (If that last name comes as a surprise, then you clearly haven’t read The Shining. Without risking potential spoilers, I’ll just say that Stephen King’s novel has a much different ending than Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film adaptation. If you’re also wondering how Essoe, an actress in her 20s, can be playing the mother of McGregor, age 47, I have one word for you: Flashbacks.)

McClarnon has been considered a bona fide breakout for the reoccurring role of Akecheta, a Native American “host” on HBO’s Westworld (which recently concluded its second season). Horror fans may also remember him for his supporting roles in Resolution and Bone Tomahawk, though the actor has primarily worked in TV appearing as a regular in The Sons, Frontier, and Fargo. As for his character in Doctor Sleep, Crow Daddy is described as Rose the Hat’s right-hand man and lover.

Doctor Sleep is being helmed by Mike Flannagan, a rising star in horror who’s no stranger to the works of Stephen King. After garnering indie success for his debut feature film Absentia, he broke out in a major way with Oculus. This led to a string of hits including Hush, Before I Wake, Ouija: Origin of Evil (one of those rare sequels that surpasses the original), and most recently Gerald’s Game, based on King’s novel released in 1992. Doctor Sleep is targeting a 2020 release date, so it’ll be a while before we have a trailer or a plot summary, but here’s the synopsis of the novel:

“On highways across America, a tribe of people called the True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless-mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the steam that children with the shining produce when they are slowly tortured to death. Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes ‘Doctor Sleep’.”

We’ve been in the midst of a true Stephen King Renaissance triggered at least in part by a wave of nostalgia ignited by Netflix’s Stranger Things in 2016. 2017 was a huge year for King-based films, with IT, 1922, and the previously mentioned Gerald’s Game all considered some of the year’s best genre offerings. While the fever has cooled in 2018 (with Hulu’s Castle Rock being one of the few adaptations of the bestselling author’s work), expect a resurgence in 2019 with big-budget releases IT: Chapter 2 and Pet Sematary, both currently shooting in Canada. In addition to Doctor Sleep, 2020 will also see a feature film adaptation of From a Buick 8. Check back often for more Doctor Sleep details as information emerges. This news came our way via Variety.

Source: movieweb.com