Syfy has announced that they have acquired the rights to the popular Vertigo Comics series, “DMZ”. Along with the announcement that they intended to bring the graphic novel to life, they also revealed that they have gotten former Mad Men executive producers/writers Andre and Maria Jacquemetton, teaming up with Gravity producer David Heyman, to adapt the comic for TV and to run the show. Obviously this is a really big get for Syfy. Its always advantageous to get a show that already has a built in fan-base, not to mention getting show-runners with such a high pedigree of success.
DMZ was created by Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli. The series ran for over 70 issues from 2005 to 2012. The setting of DMZ is a very different America. In this story, America has become to obsessed with overseas military campaigns and American imperialism. However, the government has spread it’s forces too thin and has neglected the growing unrest right here at home. Suddenly, Middle America rises up through anit-government militias and fight their way all the way to the coast. There a line is set between the rebels and the government and a de-militarized zone (DMZ) is set up on the island of Manhattan. The story picks up after these events and follows a young photojournalist named Matty Roth. Roth has landed a dream gig and follows a veteran war journalist into the DMZ. After a terrible set of events, Roth is left alone to fend for himself. He either must try to escape, or make his career by finishing the assignment and reporting some shocking truths he discovers.
Sounds pretty cool right?!? I have never personally read the graphic novel, but it has been near the top of my “to read” list. Landing a TV show might have just bumped it up to next on the list. The show is currently listed as “in development” so don’t expect to see it anytime soon. We will keep you updated as more details emerge.