HBO Max has ordered DMZ, a four-part TV event that adapts the Vertigo comics of the same name by Brian Wood.
In the near future, America is embroiled in a bitter civil war, leaving Manhattan a demilitarized zone (DMZ), destroyed and isolated from the rest of the world. Leaping off the pages of the popular comic, DMZ chronicles the harrowing journey of fearless and fierce medic Alma Ortega (series star Rosario 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 (series star 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. 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.
This is what executive producer Roberto Patino had to say about the series order:
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. 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.
Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max:
DMZ’s unflinching story of a country torn apart resonates eerily and profoundly amid our current state of the union. With the powerhouse visionary team of Ava and Roberto at the helm, bringing this critically acclaimed DC gem to life promises to entertain and inspire hope.
The cast consists of; Rosario Dawson, Benjamin Bratt, Hoon Lee, Josh Pais, Agam Darshi, Reynaldo Gallegos, Jwaundace Candece, Venus Ariel, Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez, Freddy Miyares, and Jordan Preston Carter. Roberto Patino and Ava DuVernay are set to executive produce. Patino, who will write all episodes and showrun the series, wrote the pilot episode, which was directed by DuVernay. Production on the limited series is scheduled to begin in 2021.