Patrick G. Barkman: Thank G*D it wasn't done with Steven Seagal!
Trace A. DeMeyer: It was Seagal's idea, I understand. But it went nowhere. Who should play Peltier?
Rob Schmidt: Hmm. Seagal looks a bit like Peltier, at least. But the role should go to an Indian, of course.
Rob Schmidt: Yeah, I could see this as an action movie starring someone like Seagal. Unfairly convicted, Peltier kicks and chops his way out of prison. As a nationwide manhunt tries to corral him, he tracks down Mister X, the mysterious culprit who really killed the FBI agents.
Rob Schmidt: The SCALPED comic-book series tells a highly fictionalized version of the Peltier story. So does the Thunderheart movie. I think a new movie would have to be highly fictionalized too. The actual story--32-plus years in prison with no parole or pardon in sight--is totally unsatisfying.
Rob Schmidt: As for who to play Peltier, you'd have to get a Native actor who could age from his 30s to his 60s. That suggests someone who's 30 to 40 now.