WarnerMedia’s streaming service HBO Max has landed a new series based on the Vertigo comic book DMZ according to TheHollywoodReporter.
The series has been given a pilot order which will be directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma, Queen Sugar) and written by Westworld producer Roberto Patino (Prime Suspect, Sons of Anarchy).
Ava DuVernay isn’t a stranger to comic book adaptations as she was hired by Warner Bros. to direct a live-action adaption of Jack Kirby’s DC Comics cosmic property New Gods.
I’m not terribly aware of the source material but the outlet was kind enough to add the following information on the near-future dystopian project that features an American Civil War.
Based on the critically hailed Brian Wood-Riccardo Burchielli comic, DMZ is set in a near-future where America is embroiled in a bitter civil war. The island of Manhattan has become a demilitarized zone separating the two sides, largely destroyed and isolated from the rest of the world.
The series will follow a fierce female medic who saves lives while desperately searching for her lost son. As she contends with the gangs, militias, demagogues and warlords who now control the lawless island, she becomes the unlikely source of what everyone there has lost: hope.
It certainly sounds like something that HBO would make and could help launch a multi-season show for the streamer.
Casting for the pilot will be the next big step for DMZ.
WarnerMedia hopes that HBO Max will make a big splash in the streaming service media market as they spent a pretty penny to wrangle the streaming rights to NBC’s Friends from Netflix.
HBO is about to premiere its new Watchmen series which also expected to be geared towards a mature audience and there could be a lot more comic book adaptations coming to both HBO and HBO Max in the coming months.
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER