March 9, 2022
HBO Max has placed a direct order for “The Penguin” (working title), a limited series starring Colin Farrell in the title role.
The DC drama spans the world filmmaker Matt Reeves created for Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Batman and focuses on the character played by Farrell in the film.
The series is produced by Matt Reeves, Dylan Clark, Farrell and Lauren LeFranc, who writes and serves as showrunner. Based on characters created for DC by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, “The Penguin” is produced by Reeves’ 6th & Idaho Productions and Dylan Clark Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, where Reeves and 6th & Idaho are under an overall deal. Daniel Pipski and Adam Kassan of 6th & Idaho are also executive producers, and Rafi Crohn is co-executive producer.
“We’re thrilled to bring audiences a new take on this iconic DC character they’ve never seen before,” Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max, said in a statement. “It’s been amazing to work with Matt, Dylan and Lauren to continue this story and to see Colin build on his already stellar performance in The Batman to the next level.
“Colin exploded off the screen as the Penguin in The Batman, and having the chance to explore this character’s inner life in depth on HBO Max is an absolute delight,” Reeves said in a statement. “Dylan and I are thrilled to work with Lauren to continue the story of Oz as it violently seizes power in Gotham.”
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“I have long been a fan of the world of The Batman, and Matt’s film is such a powerful and bold entry into the canon,” LeFranc said in a statement. “I’m excited and honored to continue telling stories in the grimy world of Gotham City – and what better excuse to channel my inner villain than to tell the story of Oswald Cobblepot? I’m thrilled to be working with Colin, Matt, Dylan, 6th & Idaho, Warners and HBO Max as we work to bring this story to the screen.
“The world for which Matt Reeves created The Batman is one that deserves a deeper look through the eyes of Oswald Cobblepot,” Farrell said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more excited to continue this exploration of Oz as he rises through the dark ranks to become The Penguin. It will be nice to bring him back to the streets of Gotham for a bit of craziness and a bit of chaos.
Released theatrically in North America on March 4, 2022 and internationally from March 2, 2022, The Batmanstarring Robert Pattinson, grossed $134 million at the North American box office and $124 million internationally in its first weekend for a $258 million worldwide launch.