WGN America is developing an adaptation of the DC/Vertigo comic book Scalped, which will be produced by Warner Horizon Television.
Doug Jung (Banshee) is writing the pilot script based on Jason Aaron's comic, which was illustrated by R.M. Guerra. The comic debuted in 2007 and ran monthly for 60 issues until 2012. The story centered on the Ogala Lakota residents of the fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation in South Dakota, who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction and outside elements such as organized crime and political influences, while trying to preserve their cultural identity. The plot was partially inspired by Leonard Peltier, a Native American activist who killed two FBI agents in a 1975 reservation shootout.
The comic ranks as one of the longest-running series in history that features a non-white protagonist, and it has been critically lauded within the comic industry. The series joins WGN America's development slate that also includes Radiant Doors from director Justin Lin and Gaumont International Television, along with the period drama Shadow Land.
Scalped joins a growing crop of DC properties being developed for the small screen. Aside from CW's hit series Arrow and their upcoming spin-off The Flash, a number of DC Comics titles are in various stages of development, including The CW's IZombie and Hourman, NBC's Constantine, AMC's Preacher and Fox's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Gotham.
The network will debut its first original series, Salem, starring Janet Montgomery, Seth Gabel, on Sunday, April 20. WGN America also has atomic bomb drama Manhattan and The Ten Commandments mini-series coming up.