The end is near for Gotham, following its fifth and final season renewal at FOX, but EPIX will continue the franchise with a Batman prequel series:
EPIX(R) GREENLIGHTS DRAMA SERIES “PENNYWORTH”
Ten-Episode DC Origin Story of Batman’s Best Friend Hails from Warner Horizon Scripted Television, and Executive Producers Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon
New York, NY – May 16, 2018 – Premium cable network EPIX(R) announced today a straight-to-series greenlight of the DC origin story PENNYWORTH, from Warner Horizon Scripted Television, executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (Gotham, The Mentalist, Rome) and executive producer/director Danny Cannon (Gotham, CSI series).
The ten-episode, one-hour drama series is based on DC characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. It follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier who forms a security company and goes to work with Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s billionaire father, in 1960’s London. Production will begin later this year, with a series premiere slated for 2019.
Said Michael Wright, President, EPIX, “As genuine fans of these classic DC characters, as well as the incredibly talented Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, we couldn’t be more excited to make EPIX the home of this series. We can’t wait to work with Bruno and Danny – along with Peter Roth, Susan Rovner, Brett Paul and the team at Warner Horizon – on this fantastic origin story.”
Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon said, “Michael and his colleagues have created the perfect venue for original storytelling, and all of us working on PENNYWORTH are thrilled to be on the EPIX slate.”
PENNYWORTH comes on the heels of EPIX’s recent pick up of ABC Signature Studios’ drama series GODFATHER OF HARLEM, starring and executive produced by Oscar(R) winner Forest Whitaker, with Chris Brancato and Paul Eckstein (Narcos) serving as showrunners. Both series are part of a growing slate of EPIX originals, which includes the upcoming season two premiere of the critically-acclaimed dark comedy GET SHORTY, from MGM Television, this summer.