Posted on his tumblr, Brian Wood revealed earlier this morning the pitch he had put together for a television adaptation of “DMZ.” Done at DC’s request, the show was supposed to Wire-esque while using younger versions of the cast, with Matty Roth now a 23 year old. It’s a pretty great sounding pitch that would’ve made a fantastic show, though, albeit one that would admittedly seem risky to air — who wants to be the network with a show that weekly calls Fox News the devil in a way that’s not humorous? (Sorry, Daily Show and The Simpsons.)
Never the less, Wood’s slightly different take to his seminal series is a fascinating one, as he details the pilot’s plot, explains the proposed five season structure, goes into detail about the characters (and who might be showing up earlier or slightly different than before) and explains in detail the theme of the series. Anyone who has read “DMZ” already will surely find it to be a fascinating and illuminating read.
While I won’t spoil too much of the pitch for you in advance, probably the best part is the details of what each season would contain, with season two containing one of the best “DMZ” stories ‘Friendly Fire,’ which would’ve taken up the entire half of the second season. There’s not too much to be said about the story without spoiling it for those who haven’t read it, but suffice it to say ‘Friendly Fire’ is one of the most memorable stories in the entire series, and would’ve made for absolutely heartbreaking television.
There’s also no mention of my favorite “DMZ” character Decade Later, but there’s so much of the book present in the pitch that I suppose that’s forgivable.
It’s an absolutely fascinating read, so if you’ve got a few minutes you can download and read it here. As a note, spoilers for the book all the way through.
Oh, and if you’ve never read “DMZ?” Please, correct that.