Not only is Jason Aaron busy in comics, writing two successful “Thor” series, helming Marvel Comics’ “Star Wars” comic, and somehow finding time for his own creator-owned work, he’s also found the time to look in on the production of the TV adaptation of his and R.M. Guéra’s hit Vertigo series. “Scalped” has been in production for a long time — it started production around the same time as “Constantine” did for NBC — but it looks like the ball is finally rolling on making the series a reality.
Well today is kinda cool. pic.twitter.com/GnNk4d64UG
— Jason Aaron (@jasonaaron) April 17, 2017
“Well today is kinda cool,” Aaron tweeted, with a picture of a chair with the show’s logo. After hiring Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi to direct the pilot back in February, production news has been pretty quiet, so Aaron’s tweet can be taken to mean that things are well and truly underway. WGN America is filling the cast of Native American characters with Native American actors to tell Aaron and Guéra’s story.
“Scalped” originally was told across 60 issues, from 2007 to 2012,. The story follows Dashiell Bad Horse, an undercover FBI agent who returns to the Prairie Rose Indian Reservation (or, “the Rez)” to uncover evidence linking the corrupt Chief Lincoln Red Crow to the murders of two agents three decades earlier. Things quickly get out of hand, and the comic covers decades of crime on the Rez.
No release date has formally been announced, but with production gaining momentum, more announcements can’t be too far out.