Batman's butler Alfred is getting his own TV series, 'Pennyworth'

Alfred Pennyworth on Gotham

This is also a big move for Epix, which previously entered the scripted series realm with shows like Berlin Station and Get Shorty.

According to THR, Epix has ordered a 10-episode order for a series based on Alfred Pennyworth, which will be overseen by Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller.

Sean Pertwee now plays Alfred Pennyworth on Fox's Gotham.

Pay television channel Epix greenlit a new series called Pennyworth, which will dive into the backstory of Bruce Wayne's butler, Alfred Pennyworth.

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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. Production will begin later this year, with a series premiere slated for 2019. Heller will write and executive produce. "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.

In a joint statement, Heller and Cannon say: "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".

Meanwhile, "Gotham" - which films on location throughout NY - was just renewed for a fifth and final season after Fox canceled a number of its original scripted series. It's exciting that Cannon and Heller are diving back into Batman for their next project, as their work on Gotham shows that they're very unafraid to take a "put my thang down, flip it, and reverse it" attitude towards the Batman mythos. The series arrives as Gotham is poised to finally introduce the caped crusader after four seasons of young Bruce's (David Mazouz) journey.

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