From 2007 to 2012, one of the most critically acclaimed series in the comics industry was Scalped, a thrilling neo-noir about intrigue and organized crime within a Native American community. It ended after 60 issues, but like so many comics stories, it’s getting a second shot at life on the screen. WGN America has reportedly ordered a pilot for a TV adaptation of Scalped, and the creators appear to be leaning toward having a cast comprised entirely of Native Americans. The series — written by Jason Aaron, drawn by R.M. Guéra, and published by DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint — got a fair bit of criticism for its depiction of decay and depravity in the world of a reservation, but it also regularly topped best-of lists and made a star out of Aaron, who is now one of the hottest scribes in the business. The pilot will be penned by Banshee’s Doug Jung. This isn’t the only genre-fiction pilot WGN has asked for — they’ve also commissioned one for Roadside Picnic, an adaptation of a beloved Soviet-era Russian sci-fi novel about life on Earth after a brief alien visitation.
Artwork from Scalped. Photo: Vertigo