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Old 10-03-2019, 12:53 AM   #1
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HBO Max Orders ‘DMZ’ Pilot, Ava DuVernay to Direct
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Ava DuVernay is expanding her DC universe.

The director, who is already set to helm the DC superhero feature “New Gods,” has signed on to direct a pilot based on the “DMZ” comic series which has been ordered at HBO Max.

The prospective series hails from showrunner and executive producer Roberto Patino, and is described a futuristic drama set in an American civil war. Filming on the Warner Bros. Television pilot is set to begin in early 2020.

In the near future, the aforementioned civil war leaves Manhattan a demilitarized zone (DMZ), destroyed and isolated from the rest of the world. “DMZ” chronicles the journey of a female medic who saves lives while desperately searching for her lost son. She has to contend with the gangs, militias, demagogues and warlords that control the lawless no man’s land.

DuVernay’s involvement in the project is no surprise given her multi-year deal with WBTV, which she signed back in Nov. 2018. Her most recent TV venture, the Netflix limited series “When They See Us,” carried home two Emmys. She also has an anthology series titled “Cherish the Day” in the works at OWN, as Variety reported exclusively.

Patino, who also has an overall deal with WBTV, is best known for his writing on the NBC series “Prime Suspect,” the FX show “Sons of Anarchy,” and HBO’s mind-bending sci-fi-western series “Westworld.”

The pilot is produced by DuVernay’s Array Filmworks, in association with Warner Bros. Television.

News of the pilot comes as the nascent streamer ramps up its development game. Among HBO Max’s other drama projects are a trio of pilots ordered back in August, including a “Rules of Magic” adaptation, a Lena Dunham high school project, and YA morality and psychological horror series executive produced by John Wells. On the comedy pilot side, the platform has “Delilah” with Jessica Rothe in the title role.
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LAURA HUDSON Joins HBO Max's DMZ Writing Team
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Former Comics Alliance Editor-in-Chief Laura Hudson has joined the writing team of HBO Max's DMZ TV series. New Gods co-writer/director Ava DuVernay is overseeing the adaptation as part of her overall deal with Warner Bros. Television.

"This may sound odd to those of you who remember my #MeToo story from a few months back, where I talked about my experiences with the original writer of the DMZ comic," Hudson tweeted, referring to series creator Brian Wood, who Hudson accused of sexual assault. "They happened many years ago when I was a nobody working at a comic bookstore."

"What you don’t know is that while sharing my story in 2019 was very unpleasant, it had an unexpected side effect: It put my body of work in the sightline of Ava DuVernay, the director of DMZ. She loved it. She found my number, called me, and offered me the staff writer position."
Rosario Dawson To Star In HBO Max Pilot ‘DMZ’ From Ava DuVernay
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Rosario Dawson has been set in the lead role of the HBO Max pilot for DMZ. The series, which comes from Warner Bros. Television is based on the DC comic book series from Brian Wood and will be helmed by Ava DuVernay who will executive produce alongside showrunner and writer Roberto Patino.

The comic book is published by the Vertigo imprint and it takes place in the near future where America is embroiled in a bitter civil war, leaving Manhattan a demilitarized zone (DMZ – hence the title of the series), destroyed and isolated from the rest of the world. Dawson will play fierce medic Alma Ortego, who goes on a harrowing journey of saving lives while desperately searching for her lost son. As she contends with the gangs, militias, demagogues and warlords that control this lawless no man’s land, she becomes the unlikely source of what everyone here has lost…hope.

This marks DuVernay’s second DC comic project as she is currently working on the big-screen adaptation of Jack Kirby’s New Gods. DMZ will be produced by DuVernay’s Array Filmworks in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Dawson next stars in the upcoming series Briarpatch, executive produced by Sam Esmail. She is believed to have a one-year deal for the drama, which is set to debut on USA in February.

DMZ is not Dawson’s first foray into comic book adaptations. She appeared in Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s adaptation of the graphic novel Sin City as well as the follow-up, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. She also appeared in the slate of Netflix Marvel series including Daredevil, Iron Fist, The Defenders and Luke Cage. She also provided the voice of Wonder Woman in numerous DC animated projects. She also voiced Barbara Gordon/Batgirl in The Lego Batman Movie.

Dawson also appeared on the final season of The CW’s Jane the Virgin and the Sony feature Zombieland: Double Tap.
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