DMZ Gets A Pilot Order At HBO Max

by Erik Amaya

It seems there is still some life left in DC’s soon-to-be defunct Vertigo label.

Deadline reports DMZ, the Vertigo title which ran from 2005 to 2012, will be adapted into an HBO Max pilot by writer Roberto Patino and director Ava DuVernay. As drawn by Riccardo Burchielli, the comic told the tale of journalist embedded in the Manhattan demilitarized zone during the second American Civil War.

In its TV form, the pilot will focus on “the harrowing journey of a fierce female medic who saves lives while desperately searching for her lost son. But 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.”

We presume the change in focus reflects DMZ writer Brian Wood’s current status in the business. In August, new allegations of the writer’s proclivity for sexual misconduct surfaced when writer and editor Laura Hudson told of an incident in which Wood allegedly grabbed her and forced her into a kiss. It was the first time they met in person. Hudson alleged the writer continued to text her for weeks suggesting a sexual liaison despite him being married. Years earlier, artist Tess Fowler accused Wood of similar actions. In light of Hudson’s disclosure, Dark Horse Comics severed ties with Wood and cancelled an Aliens series he was set to write.

Currently, it is unclear how involved Wood will be in the series, should HBO Max pick it up, but presumably he will profit from it some way.

Vertigo, meanwhile, is set to be shuttered by the end of the year as DC consolidates its brand names.

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