Comics 'DMZ' And 'Preacher' To Get TV Adaptations
2 big pieces of news for comic book fans this week with the announcement that that 2 hugely popular stories are getting TV adaptations. Firstly, SyFy announced that they had reached a deal to adapt the DC Comics/Vertigo property 'DMZ', which features a future United States in the grips of a second civil war. Secondly, and arguably the news that came with the most fanfare is the announcement that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will be adapting 'Preacher', another DC/Vertigo property that has had an incredible cult following since its release in the mid-90's.
Goldberg and Rogen will hope to capitalize on the success of AMC's Walking Dead as they look to bring the equally dark tale of Jesse Custer and his biblical quest of good vs evil. Preacher may only have run for 5 years or so, but it remains a hugely popular title among fans who will no doubt be happy to hear that AMC will be airing the adaptation. The adaptation will once again put AMC in partnership with Breaking Bad's Sam Catlin who has signed on as Executive Producer.
However, while the Preacher announcement came with the greatest level of applause, it is the DMZ adaptation which is arguably more exciting. Although fans may despair at the property being picked up by SyFy, the DMZ story is a fascinating one. Set in the not too distant future, DMZ sees the US divided in a civil war between the rebellious 'Free States' and the 'United States Federal Government'. After winning the first encounter between the two, the Free Armies poured towards New York with the Feds holding ground in Brooklyn and Long Island. The stand-off sees Manhattan Island becoming a Demilitarized Zone and the comic follows the various struggles experienced throughout the war.
However, what is most interesting about the DMZ adaptation is that Mad Men EP's Andre and Maria Jacquemetton are writing the treatment. It's this little touch of experience that should give fans of DMZ a little more hope, so let's keep our fingers crossed that this faith isn't misplaced!
There's not much news on release dates for the two properties, but we'll keep you posted on all the developments.