A four-part limited event series based on the DMZ comic has been ordered at HBO Max and executive producer Ava DuVernay revealed a first look at the show for eager fans.
Recently an announcement was made that HBO Max and Warner Bros Television have handed a series order to a four-part limited event drama called DMZ, based on the DC/Vertigo comic of the same name. News of the pick up comes just over a year after HBO Max ordered a pilot.
The streamer revealed that Westworld writer Roberto Patino is set to write all four episodes, serve as showrunner, and executive produce alongside Oscar-nominee Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th, When They See Us) who directed the pilot.
DMZ is an adaptation of a critically acclaimed comic book series from Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli which made its debut in 2005 and ran for a total of 72 issues before wrapping up in 2012. The live-action series is headlined by Rosario Dawson (Briarpatch, Rent, Sin City, Zombieland: Double Tap) and Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, Traffic) and, like the comic, is set amid a second American civil war.
New Stills From DMZ Series
Now we get a taste of what the DC Comics adaptation will look like when it debuts on HBO Max as Ava DuVernay has shared photos of the cast of the series. On Twitter she stated, “Here’s what our vision of #DMZ looks like. More to come. Let’s go!”. You can check out the photos below.
DMZ Official Synopsis:
“DMZ is set in the near future when America is embroiled in a bitter civil war, which has left 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 (Dawson), who sets out on a harrowing journey 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 (Bratt), the popular and deadly leader of one of the DMZ’s most powerful gangs. He wants to rule this new world — and will stop at nothing to secure that outcome. In this adrenalized and expansive drama which examines a stark political and cultural divide in American society, 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 here has lost…hope.”
In addition to Dawson and Bratt, DMZ also features Hoon Lee (Banshee, Warrior), Freddy Miyares (When They See Us), and Jordan Preston Carter (The Haves and the Have Nots). Production on the series is slated to begin in 2021. DMZ marks the second DC-related project that DuVernay is involved with, as she is set to helm the DCEU feature New Gods.
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