Pennyworth Batman prequel sequence set at Epix
The DC Leisure universe continues to develop because the MGM-owned premium cable community Epix has handed out a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for Pennyworth, a Batman prequel that may inform the origin story of the caped crusader’s greatest pal and butler, Alfred Pennyworth.
The drama helms from Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller and is predicated on DC characters created by Bob Kane and Invoice Finger. The sequence shouldn’t be a Gotham spinoff however is reportedly a wholly new story exploring Alfred’s origins as a former British SAS soldier who kinds a secret firm and goes to work with Bruce’s billionaire father, Thomas Wayne, in 1960’s London. Sean Pertwee, who performs Alfred on FOX’s not too long ago renewed Gotham, shouldn’t be concerned with the brand new undertaking.
Heller will function author and government producer on Pennyworth, which marks a reunion with Gotham‘s Danny Cannon, who can also be government producing and can direct the pilot. Casting for the sequence has not but begun and manufacturing will start later this yr. A sequence premiere is slated for 2019.
Epix president Michael Wright mentioned: “As real followers of those basic DC characters, in addition to the extremely gifted Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, we couldn’t be extra excited to make Epix the house of this sequence. We will’t wait to work with Bruno and Danny — together with Peter Roth, Susan Rovner, Brett Paul and the crew at Warner Horizon — on this improbable origin story.”
“Michael and his colleagues have created the proper venue for unique storytelling, and all of us engaged on Pennyworth are thrilled to be on the Epix slate.”
Pennyworth comes on the heels of Epix’s latest decide up of ABC Signature Studio’s drama sequence Godfather of Harlem, starring and government produced by Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker, with Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein (Narcos) serving as showrunners. Each sequence are a part of a rising slate of Epix originals, which incorporates the upcoming season two premiere of the critically-acclaimed darkish comedy Get Shorty from MGM Tv this summer time.