Producers Andre Jacquemetton ("Mad Men") and David Heyman ("Gravity") continue developing DC Comics' futuristic, 72-issue Vertigo title "DMZ" (2005) as a live-action TV series for HBO Max streaming with Ava DuVernay now signed to direct the pilot:
"DMZ" was created and co-illustrated by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchiell.
"DMZ" is set in the near future, where a second American civil war has turned the island of Manhattan into a 'Demilitarized Zone', caught between the forces of the US and the secessionist 'Free States of America'.
The 'Free States' movement began with an uprising of secessionist groups that formed a separate government in Montana before spreading across the country.
The 'Free Armies' and US military first met in combat at Allentown, Pennsylvania where the Free Armies won, then marched into New York.
"...fledgling journalist 'Matty Roth' holds the narrative together as we learn the stories and perspectives of many who live in the shattered city. Behind them all is the conflict between the FSA, USA, and other factions as the country attempts to end the civil war..."
"Think equal parts Escape from New York, Fallujah, and New Orleans right after Katrina", said "DMZ" creator Brian Wood.
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