HBO Max commissions limited DMZ event series from Roberto Patino and Ava DuVernay


HBO Max has commissioned the Max Original four-part limited event series “DMZ” from Emmy® nominee Roberto Patino, Emmy® winner / Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay and Warner Bros. Television. Rosario Dawson (“Briarpatch”, “Rent”, “Sin City”) and Benjamin Bratt (“Law & Order”, “Traffic”) direct the cast of the futuristic drama set in the midst of a Second American Civil War and is based on the comic book series published by DC. Patino, who will write all episodes and present the series, wrote the pilot episode, which was directed by DuVernay. Patino and DuVernay are the executive producers. Production of the limited series is slated to begin in 2021.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to bring this epic to the screen with my partners who push the boundaries of WBTV and HBO Max, a sublime cast led by Rosario and Benjamin, and my partner and friend, the inimitable and always inspiring. Ava DuVernay, ”said Roberto Patino. “DMZ provides an explosive playground that, more than anything, exalts community resilience and the human spirit. I look forward to welcoming die-hard comic book fans and new viewers to this intoxicating, haunting and inspiring world.

“’DMZ’ flawless history of a torn country resonates eerily and deeply in the midst of our current state of the union,” said Sarah Aubrey, Original Content Manager, HBO Max. “With the powerful visionary team of Ava and Roberto at the helm, bringing this critically acclaimed DC gem to life promises to entertain and inspire hope.”

In the near future, America is embroiled in a bitter civil war, leaving Manhattan a demilitarized zone (DMZ), destroyed and isolated from the rest of the world. Skipping from the pages of the popular comic, “DMZ” chronicles the heartbreaking journey of fearless and fierce doctor Alma Ortega (series star Rosario Dawson), who sets out on a heartbreaking journey to find the son she lost during the evacuation of New York. at the start of the conflict. Throwing gasoline on the flames of this conflict is Parco Delgado (series star Benjamin Bratt), the popular – and deadly – leader of one of the most powerful gangs in the DMZ. He wants to rule this new world – and will stop at nothing to achieve this. In this expansive, adrenalized drama that examines a marked political and cultural divide in American society, Alma must fight the gangs, militias, demagogues and warlords who control this lawless no man’s land. In doing so, she becomes the unlikely source of what everyone here has lost… hope.

In addition to Dawson and Bratt, stars of the “DMZ” series include Hoon Lee (“Banshee”, “Warrior”), Freddy Miyares (“When They See Us”, “The L Word: Generation Q”) and Jordan Preston Carter (“The haves and have-nots”).

“DMZ” is produced by ARRAY Filmworks of DuVernay in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Patino and DuVernay are both under global contract with Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG).

Prior to “DMZ,” Patino was a screenwriter and executive producer for the HBO / Warner Bros. television series. nominated for Emmy® “Westworld”. He was previously a writer / producer on FX’s “Sons of Anarchy”, was a writer for NBC’s “Prime Suspect” and wrote the feature film “Cut Bank”.

As part of her global contract with the WBTVG, DuVernay is currently the executive producer of the television drama series OWN / Warner Bros. “Queen Sugar” and “Cherish the Day,” as well as the upcoming NBC family social experience “Home Sweet Home” and the HBO Max docuseries. “One Perfect Shot”, both from Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Separate from her contract with the WBTVG, DuVernay is the executive producer of the upcoming Netflix limited series “Colin in Black and White”, about the life of star athlete / activist Colin Kaepernick. She previously directed the Emmy®-acclaimed Netflix miniseries “When They See Us,” the Oscar-winning feature “Selma”, the Oscar-nominated / Emmy®-winning documentary “13th” and the films “A Wrinkle in. Time “,” In the middle of nowhere “and” I will follow “.

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Founded in 2011 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, ARRAY is a multiplatform art and social impact collective dedicated to narrative change. The organization catalyzes its work through a quartet of mission-oriented entities: film distribution arm ARRAY Releasing, content company ARRAY Filmworks, programming and production center ARRAY Creative Campus, and non-profit group lucrative ARRAY Alliance.


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