Deadline is exclusively reporting Tuesday evening that Danny Cannon has been hired to direct and executive produce the pilot for Fox's Gotham, from Warner Bros. TV and The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller. Cannon previously executive produced and directed the pilots for CBS's CSI franchise and well as executive produced and directed the pilots for the CW's Nikita and The Tomorrow People.
Gotham, which will go straight-to-series commitment, is considered a Batman prequel that explores the "origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the villains who made Gotham City famous."
Gordon is reportedly still a detective with the Gotham City Police Department and has yet to meet the Dark Knight, who will not be part of the series. However, recent reports suggest a child actor is being sought for a series regular role as Bruce Wayne, and Detective Gordon's first case will in fact be the Wayne's murder.
PLANET OF THE APES Third Installment Gets a Director Too
In a seeming vote of confidence in this summer's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes surprise-hit reboot/revival, its director Matt Reeves has been chosen to helm a third installment in 20th Century Fox's resurgent franchise.
No writers have been named.
After "Rise" and "Dawn" will part three finally get to the plain 'ole "Planet of the Apes," or should we be prepared for "The Advent" or "The Commencement of the Planet of the Apes."