Vertigo Comic ‘DMZ’ to be Adapted into Syfy TV Series

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DMZ ID badge Vertigo Comic DMZ to be Adapted into Syfy TV Series

When searching for comic books to adapt for television, DC’s Vertigo imprint is a good place to look for stories with a more dark, edge or supernatural flavor. Neil Gaiman’s Vertigo title The Sandman is getting the big screen treatment, while the laughing magician himself, John Constantine, will soon be featured in a new TV series on NBC.

Vertigo isn’t all about magic and monsters, however. Brian Wood’s 72-issue series DMZ¬†told a keenly politicized story of a near-future New York City quite literally stuck in the middle of a second American civil war. Caught between the territories occupied by the United States of America and the Free States of America, Manhattan is turned into a demilitarized zone – though it’s not as peaceful as it might sound.

DMZ‘s run finished in 2012, but according to a Deadline report the story will be getting a revival as Syfy is developing a drama series based on the comics. Andre and Maria Jacquemetton (Mad Men) are co-writing the planned series and will executive produce alongside David Heyman (Gravity) and Heyday Films’ Jeffrey Clifford (Up in the Air).

DMZ comic cover Vertigo Comic DMZ to be Adapted into Syfy TV Series

The protagonist of DMZ is a young photo journalist called Matty Roth who arrives in Manhattan as a humble member of high-profile reporter Viktor Ferguson’s news crew. The crew is attacked almost immediately by militia, leaving Matty wounded and stranded in the DMZ. As the only inside news source reporting on the state of affairs in the DMZ, Matty quickly becomes both a celebrity and a target as he struggles to survive and to ensure that the truth gets out – no matter how many people try to stop it.

After serving for so long as writers and producers on the Manhattan-set Mad Men, the Jacquemettons are already familiar with the locale that DMZ is set in. The writing duo also have a healthy handful of Primetime Emmy and WGA awards and nominations to their names, and were among the first writers hired for Mad Men.

DMZ is in development at Syfy but will be co-produced by Warner Horizon, Slim Chance Productions and Heyday Films. It’s still early days yet and we’ll have to wait and see whether the show gets a pilot or full series order, but this comic series could definitely work well as a TV show. Share your fan casting nominations for Matty and Zee in the comments.


We’ll keep you updated on DMZ as the project develops.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Hell yes! I loved this graphic novel! Syfy blows but the production team here is pretty bomb so it has a chance.

  2. In terms of movie production DMZ should be costing less than Warren Ellis’s ‘Transmetropolitan’.

  3. How many TV shows is DC going to push out!! Wow. I love DMZ, though.

  4. Great news and a great series. I hope the acting and writing is better than it is in Helix (can’t say I’ve ever seen Mad Men so I have nothing to judge the writers on).

  5. Great. Another show with promise that SyFy can let run of a season or two and then cancel for wrestling or a paranormal reality show.

    • As someone who hasn’t seen wrestling for a couple of years but was an avid fan for my entire life before that, I have to say that it’s not SyFy’s fault that their biggest ratings come from fans of wrestling and people interested in paranormal investigations, especially when compared to the majority of crap the channel has created and aired over the years.

      I mean, Warehouse 13 was crap but that ran for a number of years longer than it should have so why are you complaining?

  6. Really wished this and Hellblazer would be adapt by HBO since they’re under WB. Liked Mad Men but that show can be a snoozefest and still can’t stop watching. Anyway, I don’t watch anything on syfy so I hope they won’t turn out to be like Fox or NBC cause I still wanna watch this show.

  7. Oh please oh please let this be awesome. Of course I’m selfish and want people to look harder at Brian Wood’s work so hopefully we can get a NORTHLANDER’s Show as well.

  8. Wow neverrad much of dmz but I hear good things. Seems like dc has more to show us this and precher sound awesome.