The Hollywood Reporter has claimed that Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller is now going to make a series titled Pennyworth, based on the origin story of Bruce Wayne’s trusted butler. Epix has ordered a 10-episode straight to series Pennyworth.
This is the first time a DC Comics series will appear on Epix, the network behind Get Shorty and Berlin Station.
Although at first, a show based on a butler might not sound great, but, that’s not the thing here because Pennyworth would explore the character’s time much before Bruce’s birth.
The series will be based in London of 1960s, featuring Alfred as an ex-British SAS soldier, who sets up a secret venture and joins hands with a wealthy American, Thomas Wayne.
The series is produced by Gotham maker Heller, in tandem with co-executive producer Danny Cannon. Pennyworth is going to exist in a separate universe. Sean Pertwee, the actor who plays Alfred on Gotham, won’t be a part of this.
“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,” Epix president Michael Wright said. “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.”
Heller who has a long-term deal with WB is wrapping up his Gotham run with a 13 episode final season, which will be aired by FOX early next year.
“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,” Heller and Cannon said in a joint statement.
Gotham’s Season 4 finale, “A Dark Knight: No Man’s Land,” airs tonight at 8 pm ET on FOX.