Comic book adaptations aren’t just taking over the big screen. With the genre’s box office dominance firmly established there are a growing number of TV series based on both DC and Marvel series in development. Netflix has a whole roster of Marvel shows lined up, including Daredevil and Jessica Jones, and DC imprint Vertigo is also getting some love with AMC’s Preacher and NBC’s Constantine.
It’s pretty unsurprising that so many networks are taking an interest in comic books as a source for ideas. A strong precedent has already been set for both traditional superhero shows, in The CW’s Arrow, and for dark and violent material like AMC’s The Walking Dead.
Now another Vertigo comic is in line for the small screen. THR reports that WGN America has put into development a TV series based on the critically acclaimed comic book series Scalped by Jason Aaron and R. M. Guéra. The show will be written by Doug Jung (Banshee) and produced by Warner Horizon Television as part of WGN America’s move into creating original drama series, which will begin this week with Salem.
Scalped is about a Native American FBI agent called Dashiell “Dash” Bad Horse, who has been estranged from his South Dakota reservation for fifteen years but returns as part of an undercover operation to find evidence linking Lincoln Red Crow, the Sheriff of the Tribal Police, to the death of two FBI agents thirty years previously. The premise is loosely based on the true story of Leonard Peltier, who was arrested for a similar crime in 1975.
The comic book ran for sixty issues and has received a wealth of praise from critics, which makes it a strong candidate for adaptation as WGN America seeks to establish itself as a producer of original drama. Also in development for the network is Justin Lin’s futuristic series Radiant Doors, atomic bomb drama Manhattan, a 10 Commandments miniseries and a period drama called Shadow Land.
We’ll keep you updated on Scalped as development continues.