The new six-episode television series Dark Winds, based on the novels by New Mexico writer Tony Hillerman, is being produced in an unspecified location in Santa Fe.
The New Mexico Film Office reported Tuesday that filming began in late August and would last through November. Dark Winds will also have filming locations in Española, Cochiti and Tesuque Pueblos and the Navajo Nation.
The show is slated to air on AMC and AMC + in 2022. It is produced by AMC Networks and Dark Winds Productions LLC.
Dark Winds is a psychological thriller based on the crime novels by the Leaphorn and Chee Navajo tribal police of Hillerman Living in Albuquerque.
Santa Fe-based George RR Martin is an executive producer, as is Robert Redford.
Chris Eyre, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, is the show’s director and executive producer. He has also directed Smoke Signals, Skins, Skinwalkers, Edge of America and Hide Away.
The series features Zahn McClarnon (The Son, Westworld, Fargo), who is also executive producer, as well as Noah Emmerich (The Americans, The Spy) and Kiowa Gordon (The Red Road and Roswell, New Mexico).
The series follows two Navajo police officers investigating a double homicide.
The production will employ approximately 200 New Mexico crew members and more than 275 New Mexico background players and extras, the Film Office reported.
“We’re thrilled that AMC is so determined to tell this story authentically by creative talent whose work speaks for itself, with a New Mexico Native American director as well as Native American writers, actors, and locations,” New Mexico said Film Office Director Amber Dodson in a press release.
The Film Office reports that a second unnamed film project is in production in Santa Fe through early September.
ViacomCBS production employs approximately 150 New Mexico crew members and five New Mexico lead actors.
“This is a very exciting and iconic production that is being filmed in New Mexico and we can’t wait to see the result and share more about it soon,” Dodson said in a press release.
None of the production companies responded to emails from The New Mexican.