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DC Comics' 'Scalped': WGN America adapting into crime noir drama

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Vertigo Comics

WGN America has put into development a television adaption of the Native American reservation-set crime comic Scalped. 

The crime noir series of the same name is from writer/producer Doug Jung (Banshee) and takes place in the fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The comic was started in 2007 under the DC Comic imprint Vertigo by Jason Aaron and illustrated by R.M. Guera. The comic ran for 60 issues and was partly inspired by Native American activist Leonard Peltier who killed two FBI agents in a 1975 reservation shootout. The show will chronicle the Oglala Lakota inhabitants as they balance to struggle their cultural identity with their life of organized crime, poverty, drugs, and politics.

Scalped joins the growing cable network which will debut its first original scripted series Salem on Sunday. Several other DC Comics are in development in addition to Scalped, including Constantine for NBC, The Flash and iZombie on The CW, and the Batman prequel Gotham on Fox.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.