Over a year ago, HBO ordered a pilot for a TV adaptation of the DC/Vertigo comic, DMZ, from Ava DuVernay. It has now been picked up by HBO Max and will be a four-part limited event series. Roberto Patino will write all the episodes and serve as the showrunner.
Rosario Dawson and Benjamin Bratt will serve as the show’s leads. They will be joined by Hoon Lee, Freddy Miyares, and Jordan Preston.
The story takes place in the near future where the United States is embroiled in a civil war and the island of Manhattan has been turned into the titular demilitarized zone (DMZ). Dawson plays Alma Ortega, a fierce and fearless medic who is searching for her son that was lost during the evacuation of New York City.
Bratt will assume the role of Parco Delgado, the leader of one of the most influential gangs in the DMZ. He is popular and calculating and will do anything in his power to become the ruler of this new world.
Alma must navigate a dangerous landscape filled with gangs, militias, demagogues and warlords that control this lawless no man’s land. In the process, she inspires the common folk and serves as an unlikely beacon of hope. The drama will examine a stark political and cultural divide in American society that may not be too different to the current climate.
DMZ is originally a DC/Vertigo comic created by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli.
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