Gotham City PD Companion Series To Matt Reeves ‘The Batman’ Movie Ordered At HBO Max
HBO Max has given a series commitment to a companion show which sits alongside Matt Reeves upcoming ‘The Batman’ movie focused on Gotham City Police Dept it has been revealed.
The original DC drama is set in the Gotham City PD and comes from ‘The Batman’ filmmaker Matt Reeves, alongside ‘Boardwalk Empire’ creator Terence Winter, ‘The Batman’ producer Dylan Clark, and Warner Bros. Television. The groundbreaking television series to be written by Winter is set in the world Reeves is creating for ‘The Batman’ feature film and will build upon the motion picture’s examination of the anatomy of corruption in Gotham City, ultimately launching a new Batman universe across multiple platforms. The series provides an unprecedented opportunity to extend the world established in the movie and further explore the myriad of compelling and complex characters of Gotham. This marks the first television project for Reeves under his recently announced overall deal with the Warner Bros. Television Group.
“This is an amazing opportunity, not only to expand the vision of the world I am creating in the film, but to explore it in the kind of depth and detail that only a long-form format can afford,” commented Reeves. “And getting to work with the incredibly talented Terence Winter, who has written so insightfully and powerfully about worlds of crime and corruption, is an absolute dream.”
Reeves’ 6th & Idaho production company will produce the series in association with Warner Bros. Television. Reeves and Emmy winner/Oscar nominee Winter (‘The Sopranos’, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’) will executive produce with Clark (‘Bird Box’, ‘Rise, Dawn, and War for Planet of the Apes’). The drama, which is based on characters created for DC by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, will also be executive produced by 6th & Idaho’s Daniel Pipski (‘From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series’) and Adam Kassan (‘Tales from the Loop’); Rafi Crohn (‘Tales from the Loop’) will co-executive produce. Warner Bros. International Television Distribution will distribute the series globally.
“Our collaboration with Warner Bros. and DC allows us to elaborate and grow fan connections across these powerful brands for years to come,” adds Kevin Reilly, chief content officer, HBO Max, president TNT, TBS, and TruTV. “This is Batman as most audiences have never seen before and we know fans will want to spend more time in this new world inspired by the film.”
As this has just been announced, there is no casting yet, but you would assume Jeffrey Wright (‘Boardwalk Empire’, ‘Westworld’), who is set to play GCPD Commissioner James Gordon, is likely to make an appearance. Whether we’ll see the other stars such as Robert Pattinson (Bruce Wayne / Batman), Zoë Kravitz as (Selina Kyle / Catwoman), Paul Dano (Edward Nashton / Riddler), Andy Serkis (Alfred Pennyworth), or Colin Farrell (Oswald Cobblepot / Penguin) pop up is anyone’s guess.
Reeves is currently at the helm of Warner Bros. Pictures’ ‘The Batman’, which will be released in October 2021. He previously co-wrote and directed ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’, directed ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’, wrote and directed ‘Let Me In’, and directed ‘Cloverfield’, among other films. Recent 6th & Idaho television series include Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Tales from the Loop’, starring Rebecca Hall and Jonathan Pryce; the upcoming Netflix drama ‘Away’, starring Hilary Swank; and FOX’s ‘The Passage’. Reeves previously co-created (with J.J. Abrams) and executive produced the hit series ‘Felicity’, directing the pilot and several additional episodes.
Winter was nominated for 12 Emmy Awards and won four during his tenure on the landmark HBO drama series ‘The Sopranos’, twice for Outstanding Drama Series and twice for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. He created the HBO drama ‘Boardwalk Empire’, which ran for five seasons and earned Winter two additional Outstanding Drama Series Emmy( nominations. He was nominated for an adapted screenplay Academy Award for writing the Best Picture-nominated film ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, directed by Martin Scorsese, who had previously helmed the ‘Boardwalk Empire’ pilot. He and Scorsese subsequently co-created (with Mick Jagger and Rich Cohen) the HBO drama ‘Vinyl’.
No news yet on when or where this new show may land in the UK, but it is presumably aiming to air in 2021 on HBO Max in the USA to coincide with the release of ‘The Batman’. We’ll let you know when we hear more.
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