Adaptation of DC Comics’ Civil War Drama ‘DMZ’ Gets Pilot at HBO Max – Ava DuVernay to Direct

Roberto Patino to serve as showrunner for project centered on a futuristic American Civil War

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HBO Max has ordered a pilot based on DC Comics’ “DMZ,” which centers on an American Civil War set in the future, with Ava DuVernay on board to direct.

Roberto Patino will serve as showrunner and executive producer for the project.

Here is the logline:

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 DC comic, Patino’s DMZ chronicles the harrowing journey of a fierce female medic who saves lives while desperately searching for her lost son. But as she contends with the gangs, militias, demagogues and warlords that control this lawless no man’s land, she becomes the unlikely source of what everyone here has lost…hope.

“DMZ” is produced by Array Filmworks in association with Warner Bros. Television.

This will be the second DC Comics adaptation for DuVernay, who is also directing the big-screen adaptation of “New Gods” for Warner Bros. She is also co-writing the screenplay with “Batman” writer Tom King.

“DMZ” was first published in 2005 and run until 2012, written by Brian Wood. It was published DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, which is being shut down at the end of the year. Vertigo was founded in 1993 to house DC’s mature titles, such as “The Sandman,” “Y: The Last Man,” and “Preacher.” The Vertigo brand has undergone several relaunches, the most recent taking place last year as part of its 25th anniversary.