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HBO Max picks up DC comic series

WarnerMedia-owned US streamer HBO Max has ordered a futuristic drama series titled DMZ from Ava DuVernay and Roberto Patino.

Ava DuVernay
(photo: Dani Brubaker)

The four-part limited series, which stars Rosario Dawson and Benjamin Bratt, is set amid a second American Civil War and is based on the comic series published by DC.

DMZ follows the journey of medic Alma Ortega (Dawson) as she sets out on a harrowing journey to find the son she lost in the evacuation of New York City at the start of the war, while contending with gangs, militias, demagogues and warlords who want to control the no man’s land.

The series will be produced by DuVernay’s Array Filmworks in association with Warner Bros Television, with production scheduled to begin in 2021.

Patino, meanwhile, will write all episodes and showrun the series and will also serve as executive producer along with DuVernay.

Patino said: “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.”

Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, said: “‘DMZ’s unflinching story of a country torn apart resonates eerily and profoundly amid our current state of the union.”

HBO Max was launched in the US on May 27 and had attracted 8.6 million active US subscribers by the end of the third quarter.


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