HBO Max Picks Up ‘DMZ’ As A Limited Series

by Erik Amaya

DMZ‘s resilience as a media property has finally been rewarded: it will be an HBO Max limited series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the program will be a 4-part series starring Rosario Dawson and Benjamin Bratt. Roberto Patino serves as series creator/showrunner while Ava DuVernay serves as an executive producer.

Based on the DC/Vertigo series, Dawson stars as Alma Ortega, a medic in search of her son in the midst of a war-torn New York City. Bratt plays one of the emerging warlords in the apocalyptic Big Apple. The cast includes Hoon Lee, Freddy Miyares, and Jordan Preston Carter.

“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,” Patino said in a statement. “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.”

HBO Max first ordered a DMZ pilot over a year ago with the intent of making it a regular series on the service. Now, it seems advantageous to take the concept and make it a miniseries. Indeed, DMZ came out of a time when Vertigo was interested in shorter-form comics. Initially developed as a five-issue series, DMZ ran seventy-two issues across the early part of the century. Nevertheless, normalizing limited series is a good move on Max’s part as it prevents the PR black eye of cancellation and allows for a sequel run should the program prove successful.

No airdate or production start has been announced.

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