HBO Max Greenlights Production on Ava DuVernay’s DMZ Series


November 24, 2020

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HBO Max just ordered Ava DuVernay’s DMZ series into production, Comicbook.com reports.


The DMZ pilot first began production before being shut down due to the global pandemic. The series is a futuristic drama centered around a second American civil war, based on the DC comic series DMZ, which published 72 issues between 2005 and 2012. The series focuses on a “bitter civil war [that leaves] Manhattan a demilitarized zone (DMZ), destroyed and isolated from the rest of the world.” 

Rosario Dawson (Rent) takes the lead as medic Alma Ortega, searching for her son who was lost during the NYC evacuation, with Benjamin Bratt (Traffic) starring as Parco Delgado, leader of a notorious gang in the DMZ. Hoon Lee (Banshee), Freddy Miyares (When They See Us), and Jordan Preston Carter (The Haves and the Have Nots) also appear in the series. 

Emmy award-winning filmmaker DuVernay will direct with Emmy nominee Roberto Patino penning the script. 


“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,” Patino said in a statement.

Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, shared his excitement, saying, “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.”

DMZ has been ordered to a four-part limited series with production scheduled to begin again in 2021.


Congratulations, Ava!

Photo Courtesy of Joe Pugliese/LA Mag

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