Looks like WGN America wants to get in the DC Comics business: they’ve taken 2007’s comic book series Scalped and put it on the “live-action series” development train.
Written by Jason Aaron, illustrated by R.M Guera and published in 2007 by DC Comics’ Vertigo label, Scalped is a crime/western about the Oglala Lakota tribe, set in modern-day South Dakota’s (fictional) Prairie Rose Indian Reservation and featuring the tribe’s struggles with organized crime, drug addiction, alcoholism, politics, and the struggle to preserve and maintain their cultural identity.
What makes this 60-issue series a little more interesting than the rest is that not only was it one of the “longest-running series featuring a non-white protagonist and a predominantly non-white cast” in comics history, it’s also partially inspired by a real event in U.S. history: Native American activist and AIM (American Indian Movement) member Leonard Peltier’s arrest and conviction for the death of two FBI agents during a 1975 shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Writer Doug Jung (“Banshee,” “Big Love”) is handling writing duties as well as the role of showrunner, so I’m almost sensing it’ll have a “Sons of Anarchy” feel to it and possibly another look at the case that saw Peltier convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.
I’m also hoping the powers that be approach Tom Morello and Zack de la Rocha to work on the show’s score, seeing as how they found a brilliant way to tell Peltier’s tale with their 1992 hit, Freedom.
The whole concept sounds exciting to me…what do you think?
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