Ava Duvernay’s DMZ Adaptation Gets Green Light For 4-Part HBO Max Series

Filmmaker Ava Duvernay (Selma and A Wrinkle In Time) and producer Roberto Patino are heading a 4-part series based on the DMZ comic book series for HBO Max starring Rosario Dawson.

Filmmaker Ava Duvernay (Selma and A Wrinkle In Time) and producer Roberto Patino are heading a 4-part series based on the DMZ comic book series for HBO Max.  The show will be a futuristic drama set during a second American civil war and has received a 4-episode order from HBO.

Patino will write all four episodes with the first directed by Duvernay. Both are the executive producers. Duvernay is also set to helm The New Gods movie for Marvel Studios and Disney and has also directed episodes for Netflix’s acclaimed mini-series When They See Us

Meanwhile, Patino was a producer on the shows Westworld, The Bastard Executioner, and Sons of Anarchy. The DMZ comic book ran 72 issues from November of 2005 through February of 2012 and was published by Vertigo.

DMZ Series Synopsis


DMZ is set in the near future, when America is embroiled in a bitter civil war, leaving Manhattan a demilitarized zone (DMZ), destroyed and isolated from the rest of the world. It chronicles the harrowing journey of fearless and fierce medic Alma Ortega (Rosario Dawson) to find the son she lost in the evacuation of New York City at the onset of the conflict.

Throwing gasoline on the flames of that conflict is Parco Delgado (Benjamin Bratt), the popular, and deadly, leader of one of the most powerful gangs in the DMZ. He wants to rule this new world and will stop at nothing to secure that outcome. The drama will examine the stark political and cultural divide in American society, where Alma must contend with the gangs, militias, demagogues and warlords that control this lawless no man’s land. In doing so, she becomes the unlikely source of what everyone there has lost…hope”.

When asked about the project, Patino stated,

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to bring this epic to the screen with my boundary-pushing partners at WBTV and HBO Max, a sublime cast led by Rosario and Benjamin, and my partner and friend, the inimitable and ever-inspiring Ava DuVernay,” said Patino. “DMZ offers up an explosive playground which, more than anything else, exalts the resilience of community and the human spirit. I can’t wait to welcome the die-hard fans of the comic books and new viewers alike to this intoxicating, haunting and inspiring world.”


DMZ will star Rosario Dawson and Benjamin Bratt in the lead roles, with support from Hoon Lee, Freddy Miyares, and Jordan Preston Carter.  The series is set to start production in 2021 and will be produced by Duvernay’s ARRAY Filmworks in association with Warner Brothers Television. Are You excited for DMZ?  Let us know in the comments below or on our Twitter.


Source: CBM


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