WGN America is the latest TV network looking to DC Comics for adaptable material. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera’s Vertigo series Scalped — which ran for 60 issues between 2007 and 2012 — is the latest to be put in development for a TV drama. Banshee’s Doug Jung will reportedly write the pilot script and executive produce the drama for Warner Horizon Television.
DC describes the series as “ an intense crime drama that mixes organized crime with current Native American culture."
“Fifteen years ago, Dashiell ‘Dash’ Bad Horse ran away from a life of abject poverty and utter hopelessness on the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation searching for something better,” reads the description of the series first trade paperback collection Indian Country. “Now he's come back home armed with nothing but a set of nunchucs, a hell-bent-for-leather attitude and one dark secret, to find nothing much has changed on ‘The Rez’ — short of a glimmering new casino, and a once-proud people overcome by drugs and organized crime. Is he here to set things right or just get a piece of the action?”
Scalped becomes just the latest in a growing slate of DC/Vertigo comics being adapted for TV. The line-up already includes The Flash, Hourman, and iZombie (the CW), Constantine (NBC), Gotham (Fox), Preacher (AMC), and DMZ (SyFy).
Vertigo - where Scalped, iZombie, Preacher, DMZ, and arguably Constantine originated from - is becoming a hot imprint for live-action adaption. Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman is in development as a feature film with Joseph Gordon-Levitt attached to produce (and possibly direct and star), and just last week it was reported Simon Oliver and Robbi Rodriguez’s Vertigo series Federal Bureau of Physics was being developed as a feature film for Warner Bros. with David Goyer attached as producer and Justin Marks attached as screenwriter. Marks was previously hired to write an adaption of DC’s Suicide Squad, but that project is reportedly on hold until after DC solidifies its Justice League/DC Cinematic Universe plans.