Gotham team to tackle another Batman origin story for Epix

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Bruno Heller, creator of Fox's Batman prequel, "Gotham", is headed even further back into Bat-history on a new show for Epix. Currently, Sean Pertwee plays Alfred on Fox's Gotham while Jeremy Irons portrays the character on the big screen in the DC Extended Universe.

The Wayne's long-term manservant will be seen as a former British SAS soldier whose business ventures lead him to link up with Thomas Wayne - Bruce's dad, in '60s London.

The series will focus on Bruce Wayne's long-suffering butler, friend, and companion, Alfred Pennyworth and it's going to look at his past (I think nowadays it's called an origin, but he's a butler for Christ's sake, not a mutant) and how he came to look after Batman - sorry - "Master Wayne". "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", stated Epix President Michael Wright. Sean Pertwee now plays the role of Pennyworth on Gotham, but the time period of the Epix series will call for a younger actor.

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Heller and Cannon said, "Michael and his colleagues have created the ideal venue for original storytelling, and all of us working on "Pennyworth" are thrilled to be on the Epix slate". Epix is targeting a 2019 premiere date.

Produced by Warner Horizon Television, the Warner Bros. While Heller and Cannon now produce and write Gotham for Fox, this new series will be unrelated to that universe.

It joins Epix's other scripted series, including the recently-ordered "Godfather of Harlem" starring Forest Whitaker, the drama "Berlin Station", and the comedy "Get Shorty".

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