Ava DuVernay wasn't kidding when she announced last week that her upcoming series adaptation of DC Comics comic book DMZ had officially started production – and the award-winning writer-director-producer isn't wasting any time going all-in on filming. Directing the pilot for HBO Max from a Roberto Patino (Westworld) screenplay and with Matthew Lloyd (Daredevil) serving as cinematographer, DuVernay is giving us an update on how things are going in Atlanta (with a tweet referencing filming taking place around the city's higher ed campuses responded to by DuVernay, before the response was taken down) – including talk of a "massive scene" being filmed with a righeous amount of extras.
Rosario Dawson (Briarpatch) is set to lead the series as medic Alma Ortego, and last month we learned that Benjamin Bratt (Law & Order, Modern Family) was also set to join the pilot as a series regular.
Written by showrunner and executive producer Patino, the pilot finds the U.S. in the midst of a new civil war that leaves Manhattan a demilitarized zone (or "DMZ"). Dawson's medic Ortego 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 fierce, unlikely source of what everyone here has lost – hope.
Known as a wildly magnetic, affable, and equally influential man, Bratt's Parco Delgado is the popular (and deadly) leader of one of the most powerful gangs in the DMZ. He wants to rule the DMZ – and will stop at nothing to secure that outcome.
"DMZ is a special project to me as it marks a key collaboration with my company ARRAY Filmworks, the excellent team at Warner Bros TV and the dynamo Roberto Patino. We've all worked diligently on this material and I've witnessed Roberto in action. He's insanely talented and cares about telling stories with maximum impact and imagination. I'm eager to share this one with DC fans."
One major thing that both DuVernay and Patino have in common? Both signed overall creative and production deals with Warner Bros Television towards the end of 2018. Production on the adaptation's pilot is expected to begin in early 2020, ahead of WarnerMedia's launch of new streamer HBO Max.