Cable network Epix has ordered a live-action series based on Batman's right-hand man Alfred Pennyworth, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Titled Pennyworth, the 10-episode first season will be executive produced and written by Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller - but will not be connected to that show. Danny Cannon is set to direct the pilot.
"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.”
Pennyworth is framed as an origin story for the long-time Batman ally, going over his years as a British SAS soldier and seguing to work for Bruce Wayne's father, Thomas Wayne, in 1960s London.
"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.