These days, comic book adaptations are as commonplace on the small screen as they are on the big. Whether it’s on Netflix, ABC, The CW or FX, your remote control doesn’t need to travel far to see your favorite (and more obscure, for that matter) characters come to life. That tradition will continue on WGN America, as they’re gearing up a pilot based on Vertigo Comics’ Scalped, and while details remain slim, we now know who’ll direct. Those duties belong to Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi, best known for helming 2015’s well-received crime drama Black.
Based on Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera’s acclaimed graphic novel series of the same name, Scalped remained in various stages of development for years and only recently started to come together. It follows a power struggle fought by the Native American community, led by Chief Lincoln Red Crow. While that might earn a few comparisons to Netflix’s similar (and not very good) Frontier, it also fits well into WGN America’s recent gritty, dark and somewhat based on true events brand of late.
Scalped‘s pilot is written by Doug Jung (Star Trek Beyond), while DC head honcho and superhero executive producer extraordinaire, Geoff Johns (Arrow, The Flash), will oversee the project.
There’s not a lot left to say about this one at the moment, as details remain as scarce as they come, but based on the source material, we should expect an uncompromising, often bleak adaptation that won’t necessarily play well alongside the lighthearted affairs found in other DC television adaptations. It would likely feel more welcomed with the brooding Netflix anti-hero crowd, but we’ll see where it lands once it gets rolling.
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