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Scalped TV Pilot Hires Directors

by  in TV News Comment

Between an expanding catalog of Marvel  titles and a growing list of more personal, creator-owned work, Jason Aaron has shown himself to be a prolific writer capable of many types of storytelling. Now an adaptation of one of his more acclaimed comics has inched one step closer to television.

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Deadline reports that Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi have been hired to direct the WGN America pilot for “Scalped,” based on the Vertigo crime series created by Aaron and artist R.M. Guéra.

The story, which unfolded across 60 issues, from 2007 to 2012, 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.

A Belgium-based writing-directing team, Fallah and El Arbi aren’t household names in the United States. However, they made waves with their thriller “Black,” which won the Discovery Award at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival. They’ll work from a script written by Doug Jung (“Banshee”).

With the pilot’s directors in place, casting can begin. If ordered to series, “Scalped” would join “iZombie,” “Constantine” and “Preacher” in the current lineup of Vertigo comics adapted for television.

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