US Network Epix Gives Series Order To ‘Pennyworth’ From ‘Gotham’ Showrunner
The showrunner of ‘Gotham’ isn’t quite done with the Batman universe yet, as US Network Epix gives a 10-episode order to ‘Pennyworth‘, a Batman prequel which will follow the early life of the Wayne family butler. Before you get too excited, it is not a ‘Gotham’ spin-off.
If you’re thinking this is all going to be butler college and cleaning spoons, think again. Alfred Pennyworth, long-suffering butler and father figure to Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, had a very different career before joining the household. The show will explore Alfred’s origins as a former British SAS soldier who forms a secret company and goes to work with Thomas Wayne, Bruce’s father, in 1960s London.
The show comes from ‘Gotham’ showrunner Bruno Heller, who will exec produce along with Danny Cannon, who will direct the pilot. Warner Horizon Scripted TV will produce the series.
“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,” commented Michael Wright, President, Epix. “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.”
“Michael and his colleagues have created the perfect venue for original storytelling,” added Heller and Cannon in a statement. “All of us working on Pennyworth are thrilled to be on the Epix slate.”
As ‘Pennyworth‘ has only just been announced there is obviously no news on a UK pick up yet, but we’ll let you know if it pops up this side of the pond.