WGN has passed on Warner Bros.'s live-action Scalped television series following a review of the pilot, according to co-creator Jason Aaron.
The Scalped pilot was filmed this past spring, with Alex Meraz as Dashiell "Dash" Bad Horse, Lily Gladstone as Carol Red Crow, and Gil Birmingham as Chief Lincoln Red Crow. Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi directed the pilot. WGN optioned the series in 2015, with Geoff Johns as a producer.
"I got to visit the set while they were filming the pilot, and got to hang out with everyone. I was very impressed with the cast," the writer says. "It had an incredible cast, and I was excited to see them all dig into the characters. When I was told WGN passed, I was mostly disappointed for them."
The apparent decision comes as WGN's parent company is being acquired by Sinclair Broadcast Group. Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley has said their plans are for WGN to be "shifting its strategy away from high-cost originals into more cost-effective originals and reruns.” Earlier this year, the network cancelled its two primary live-action dramas (Outsiders and Underground).
Aaron and R.M. Guera's Scalped ran for 60 issues at DC/Vertigo, and is a crime story set on a Native American reservation.
When asked if DC is shopping the Scalped pilot around to other networks, Aaron said he couldn't speak on that and referred back to DC.
Neither WGN or DC Entertainment could be reached for comment.