• Drama
  • Crime story
Based on
Developed byDoug Jung
ComposerHannes De Maeyer
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes(list of episodes)
Executive producers
Camera setupSingle-camera
Production companies
Original release
NetworkWGN America

Scalped is an American unaired television pilot episode developed by Doug Jung and Geoff Johns for WGN America.[2] It is an adaptation of the comic book series Scalped created by Jason Aaron and R. M. Guéra, and published by DC Comics under their Vertigo imprint.


Scalped is a modern-day crime story set in the world of a Native American Indian reservation, and explores power, loyalty, and spirituality in a community led by the ambitious Chief Lincoln Red Crow, as he reckons with Dashiell Bad Horse who has returned home after years away from the reservation.[3]

Cast and characters

The pilot episode featured an all Native American cast:[3]

Lily Gladstone was cast as Carol Red Crow, intended as a recurring role.[5]


In 2014 WGN America was developing a live action TV show Scalped, based on the Vertigo comic book series of the same name.[6] The pilot order was given in March 2016.[3] By February 2017, Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi were attached to direct a pilot.[7] The pilot was filmed in New Mexico in early April,[8] but in November, after WGN saw the pilot episode, they decided to pass on the series.[9]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
1"Pilot"Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi[7]Doug Jung[3]TBATBATBD


  1. ^ a b c d Bojalad, Alec. "Scalped TV Series Adds to Cast, Gets a Producer". Den of Geek. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "PILOT ORDERED FOR DC COMICS / VERTIGO ADAPTATION SCALPED". IGN. March 7, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "WGN America Gives Pilot Orders To 'Roadside Picnic' Strugatsky Bros. Drama, 'Scalped' DC Comics Adaptation". March 7, 2016. Retrieved March 7, 2016.
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (17 February 2017). "'Scalped': Alex Meraz Cast As Lead In WGN America Drama Pilot". Deadline. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  5. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (13 February 2017). "'Certain Women' Breakout Lily Gladstone to Star in WGN America's DC Comics Pilot 'Scalped' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  6. ^ "DC's 'Scalped' Comic Book Series Headed to TV". Screenrant. April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  7. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (10 February 2017). "'Scalped': Bilall Fallah & Adil El Arbi To Direct WGN America Pilot". Deadline. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  8. ^ Guglielmi, Luca (2017-03-22). "'Scalped' TV Pilot To Film In April". All The Stuff You Care About. Retrieved 2017-03-22.
  9. ^ Arrant, Chris (November 29, 2017). "WGN Passes On SCALPED Television Series". newsarama. Retrieved September 26, 2018.