Ava DuVernay is directing a TV adaptation of DC/Vertigo's DMZ by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli for the upcoming HBO Max streaming service, according to Deadline. DuVernay's ARRAY Filmworks will produce the film in conjunction with Warner Bros. Television. Roberto Patino (West World, Sons of Anarchy) is reportledy set as showrunner.
"DMZ is a special project to me as it marks a key collaboration with my company ARRAY Filmworks, the excellent team at Warner Bros TV and the dynamo Roberto Patino,” DuVernay said. "We’ve all worked diligently on this material and I’ve witnessed Roberto in action. He’s insanely talented and cares about telling stories with maximum impact and imagination. I’m eager to share this one with DC fans."
This DMZ adaptation would be part of DuVernay's recently-signed multi-year TV deal with Warner Bros. She is also co-writing the upcoming New Gods film, which she plans to direct.
DMZ, which ran from 2005 to 2012, is a near-future story following a second U.S. Civil War which left the U.S. divided into two countries and Manhattan now situated in a tense demilitarized zone.
While the the original comic book focused on a journalist named Matty, HBO Max's DMZ will focus on a "a female medic on the island who is trying day-in and day-out to help keep residents alive while trying to also find her lost son. In the process, that determined medic proves a source of hope in an America that has lost all sense of the idea." Deadline didn't specify the character's name, but in comic books there is a character, Zee Hernandez, who was a former medical student.
Back in 2014, Syfy announced plans for a DMZ show with Mad Men writers Andre and Marie Jacquemetton.
Production on HBO Max's DMZ is scheduled to begin in early 2020. HBO Max is scheduled to launch sometime in early 2020 as well.