WGN America is boosting its development roster by going into the comic book business. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cable network has acquired an adaptation of DC Comics' 'Scalped.'
For those who associate comic books with superheroes and other fun and colorful things, then 'Scalped' is definitely something different for your palate.
The critically-acclaimed comic, which launched in 2007 and ended in 2012, is described as a "film noir" set on a Native American reservation. Penned by Jason Aaron, the comic series was set in the fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation in South Dakota and focused on the Oglala Lakota natives who had to deal with poverty, crime, drugs and alcoholism and politics while trying to preserve their cultural identity.
The comic, which was illustrated by R.M. Guera, was partially inspired by real-life Native American activist, Leonard Peltier, who was arrested for the murder of two FBI Agents during a reservation shootout in 1975.
Doug Jung ('Banshee') will write the pilot and executive produce the project.
'Scalped' becomes the latest of the DC Comics canon to be developed for TV. It joins 'The Flash' for The CW, 'Constantine' for NBC and the Batman prequel, 'Gotham,' for FOX.
WGN America, which has the atomic bomb drama 'Manhattan' on its slate, along with a '10 Commandments' remake, will have its first original scripted series bow this Sunday with the premiere of 'Salem.'