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Syfy developing a DMZ television series with Mad Men and Gravity producers

Feb. 6, 2014by: Jesse Giroux

Looks like another comic book property is heading to the small screen. Deadline has learned Syfy will be working with former Mad Men producers Andre and Maria Jacquemetton, and GRAVITY producer David Heyman on a new television series based on the DC comic DMZ. Written by Brian Wood and with artwork by Riccardo Burchielli, the comic is set in the near future where another civil war has turned Manhattan into a demilitarized zone. Photo journalist intern Matty Roth is dropped into the carnage, and after an attack, gets trapped in the DMZ.

Routh doesn't just have to deal with the two armies (the United States government and the secessionist Free States of America) in the DMZ. There are also 400,000 other people also stuck on the island of Manhattan. Brian Wood has described the setting as, "Think equal parts Escape from New York, Fallujah, and New Orleans right after Katrina," and it's an excellent way of explaining DMZ.

If you haven't read the comics, you should pick them up immediately. I've read most of the series, and it's incredible. They're addicting as hell, and you won't be able to stop after reading the first trade paperback. Dark, gritty, depressing, and just a little scary, DMZ is a fantastic series, and I have my fingers crossed Syfy won't f*ck up one of my favorite comics.

Extra Tidbit: DMZ fans: who do you think should play Matty Roth?
Source: Deadline

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11:05AM on 02/06/2014

DMZ is the best comic read but...

DMZ is one of my favorite comics to read, currently on Vol. 7 of the TPBs but SyFy should not be making this. SyFy makes junk and if they touch this it will turn into junk, please stay away SyFy.
DMZ is one of my favorite comics to read, currently on Vol. 7 of the TPBs but SyFy should not be making this. SyFy makes junk and if they touch this it will turn into junk, please stay away SyFy.
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2:15PM on 02/06/2014
To late. The DMZ project is getting ass-raped by SyFy exec's at this very moment.
To late. The DMZ project is getting ass-raped by SyFy exec's at this very moment.
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11:33AM on 02/06/2014
I would love to see this but I have doubts about the Syfy network. But there seems to be a great team behind it so you never know.

My dream director for the pilot would be Ridley Scott because those books just feel like one of his movies.
I would love to see this but I have doubts about the Syfy network. But there seems to be a great team behind it so you never know.

My dream director for the pilot would be Ridley Scott because those books just feel like one of his movies.
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12:35PM on 02/06/2014
Awesome this is being brought to TV. It's on the same level as Y: The Last Man in that it would work best being adapted as a TV series over movie. That being said, SYFY hasn't had the best track record for TV shows lately. Maybe if they're planning on throwing some Battlestar Gallactica money at it, but otherwise this could turn out terrible.

As for casting, I have no idea who would be best to play Matty Roth. Good question though. I'm throwing it out there but Joseph Mazzarello (sp?),
Awesome this is being brought to TV. It's on the same level as Y: The Last Man in that it would work best being adapted as a TV series over movie. That being said, SYFY hasn't had the best track record for TV shows lately. Maybe if they're planning on throwing some Battlestar Gallactica money at it, but otherwise this could turn out terrible.

As for casting, I have no idea who would be best to play Matty Roth. Good question though. I'm throwing it out there but Joseph Mazzarello (sp?), Tim from Jurassic Park would be perfect for this role. After seeing him in movies like Social Network and GI Joe as well as on The Pacific, he could play the perfect balance between Matty's young and wild behavior as well as his serious, concerned, always thinking behavior.

Just my two cents/
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