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Brian Wood dusts off his DMZ television pitch

Variant cover for DMZ #72, by Brian Wood

Brian Wood should do a little housecleaning every week. As Chris Arrant noted Wednesday, the writer of such comics as Demo, Northlanders and The Massive recently unearthed some “near misses” from his time at DC Comics — nine pitches that, for one reason or another, never made it to the next stage. Now Wood has followed that with a 2009 television treatment for DMZ, his well-reviewed Vertigo series set in a near-future Manhattan transformed into a demilitarized zone during a second American civil war.

“I had a few mandates, the first was to create a larger, younger-overall cast and introduce them at the start, and to create The Wire-like arcs that had a unifying concept to each,” Wood writes on his blog. “[...] This, of course, went nowhere. If anyone read it, I never heard about it. ”

The eight-page document, available for download from Wood’s website, makes for interesting reading, both for fans of DMZ and for anyone interested in the adaptation process, as it includes a five-season overview, ideas for supplemental web content, the pilot story, and the writer’s vision for the look of the show: “If possible, I would like a reportage/documentary feel to DMZ. Not shaky Cloverfield style with handycams and Blair Witch moments, but more of an on-the-ground, ‘in the thick of it’ feeling. That the dangers are real
and the city is scary and violence is sudden and jarring. It should be dirty and up close and small scale. I feel that what is scarier, if the DMZ is real, is not what an army twenty miles away is planning on doing, but that one of the guys standing a few feet away might blow himself up. Random mortars exploding nearby, or is that smell a poison attack? Tension, like that.”

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