DC ‘DMZ’ Comic Getting Syfy TV Series, ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Gravity’ Producers Attached
The ever-ravenous success of comic-adapted series like ‘The Walking Dead‘ and ‘Arrow‘ predictably sent TV networks in a scramble to adapt the most popular original projects, but count us genuinely excited for this one. Syfy has partnered with DC Comics to bring us a TV adaptation of modern-day civil war comic ‘DMZ,’ with some major producing power attached!
For those unfamiliar with the 72-issue comic created by Brian Wood (writer) and Riccardo Burchielli (artist), ‘DMZ‘ follows the exploits of photojournalist Matty Roth during the events of a second American civil war that has since turned all of Manhattan into a demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the United States and the “Free States.” According to Deadline, Syfy’s TV series adaptation has courted ‘Mad Men‘ executive producers Andre and Maria Jacquemetton, along with ‘Harry Potter‘ and ‘Gravity‘ producer David Heyman.
So reads the logline for ‘DMZ’:
In the near future, America’s worst nightmare has come true. With military adventurism overseas bogging down the Army and National Guard, the U.S. government mistakenly neglects the very real threat of anti-establishment militias scattered across the 50 states. Like a sleeping giant, Middle America rises up and violently pushes its way to the shining seas, coming to a standstill at the line in the sand — Manhattan or, as the world now knows it, the DMZ.
Matty Roth, a naïve young man and aspiring photojournalist, lands a dream gig following a veteran war journalist into the heart of the DMZ. Things soon go terribly wrong, and Matty finds himself lost and alone in a world he’s only seen on television. There, he is faced with a choice: try to find a way off the island, or make his career with an assignment most journalists would kill for. But can he survive in a war zone long enough to report the truth?
The comic itself began in 2005 under DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, running into 2012, leaving plenty of material for series adaptation. WBTV’s cable division Warner Horizon will helm the new version, as well as the Jacquemettons’ Slim Chance Prods. banner and Heyman’s Heyday Films.
‘DMZ’ ranks right up there with ‘Y: The Last Man’ and ‘The Walking Dead’ for fan-favorite comics ripe for the TV translation, but what do you think? Does a Syfy ‘DMZ’ sound like something the network could pull off?