Ava DuVernay, who recently won an Emmy for When They See Us, is set to adapt Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli’s DMZ for HBO Max. The comic book series, published by DC’s Vertigo, ran for 72 issues and is set in the near future, where a Second American Civil War has turned the island of Manhattan into a demilitarized zone (DMZ), caught between forces of the United States of America and secessionist Free States of America.
DuVernay, who has directed the films Selma and A Wrinkle In Time, will direct the pilot based on a script from Westworld producer Roberto Patino. She will also produce the project with Warner Bros., through her $100 million deal she signed with the company last year.
Meanwhile, Wood has been in the news again as of late, as the writer was accused of predatory behavior by ComicsAlliance founder Laura Hudson. Following the allegations, Wood was dropped from Dark Horse Comics where he was set to write Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat.
HBO Max is set to launch in Spring 2020. No launch date has been given for DMZ.