Inspired in Part by Leonard Peltier, DC Comics’ “Scalped” Being Developed for Television

SCALPED-COMICS_612x380“Scalped” will take place in fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation in South Dakota

HOLLYWOOD — DC Comics’ “Scalped” is being adapted into a television program set on an American Indian reservation, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The comic book series, which began in 2007 and covered 60 issues through 2012, was partly inspired by American Indian Leonard Peltier, who is serving a life sentence in the U.S. Penitentiary in Coleman, Florida for killing two FBI agents in 1975 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home to the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Leonard Peltier

Leonard Peltier has been in prison for 37 years

The show is being adapted for theWGN America cable channel.

The comic series “Scalped” was written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by R.M. Guera under DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint.

The comic series focused on the Oglala Lakota as they grappled with organized crime, poverty, drug and alcohol abuse as they sought to retain their cultural identity in modern times.

Within the comic industry, the “Scalped” comic series is highly regarded. It ranks as one of the longest-running series in comics history with a nonwhite protagonist and mainly non-white cast of characters. “Scalped” is named among one of Comic Book Resource’s “Comics You Should Own.”

The television adaption will be set in a fictional reservation in South Dakota called Prairie Rose Indian Reservation. “Scalped” is being developed as a crime noir series by Banshee’s Doug Jung, who will write the script and serve as executive producer of the Warner Horizon Television drama.

A date of release for the television adaption was not available at press time.

Monica Whitepigeon contributed to this article from Chicago.

 

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