DC Comics DMZ Series Lands On HBO Max, Ava DuVernay Producing

Ever wondered what would happen if a second American Civil War were to break out? You’ll be able to find out the answer to that soon enough, with a live-action TV adaptation of DMZ, which was ordered to series on HBO Max.

According to Deadline, DMZ will feature as a four-episode limited series, with the original DC Comics creators Ava DuVernay and Roberto Patino coming on board as executive producers. DuVernay will also direct the pilot episode, while Patino will serve as showrunner and writer for all episodes.

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A main cast has also been announced, with Rosario Dawson (Daredevil, The Mandalorian) and Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, Doctor Strange) as series leads Alma Ortega and Parco Delgado respectively. They will be joined by the likes of Josh Pais (Joker), Agam Darshi (Sanctuary), Hoon Lee (2013’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and Reynaldo Gallegos (Logan).

For those who have not yet read the original comics which ran from 2005 – 2012, DMZ takes places in the USA in the near future, where the nation has been brought to its knees by a second civil war. As a result, Manhattan, New York, has been demarcated as a demilitarized zone, or DMZ for short.

The story follows medic Alma Ortega in her search for her son, who was lost amid the chaos as New York City was being evacuated during the war. In the process, she comes into conflict with Parco Delgado, the mayor of the DMZ.

Production for DMZ will commence in 2021. No release date has been announced as of yet.