It has been over four months since the official confirmation of HBO Max’s The Penguin series, and now lead star Colin Farrell has finally opened up about the project’s current progress.
Speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Farrell revealed that executive producer Matt Reeves is still working on writing the script, while also meticulously planning The Batman spin-off series’ overall story structure.
The Golden Globe winning actor also confirmed that Reeves won’t be taking on any directorial duties for The Penguin, but is instead heavily involved in the selection of who will be directing the upcoming DC series.
“Matt’s up to his bollocks, you know, hovering over the keyboard and just planning the story because he’s just so meticulous,” Farrell teased. “He’s so obsessive about what he does, but he’s all over [HBO Max’s] The Penguin [series] as well. I mean, he’s not gonna direct it but he’s all over the structure of the scripts and who’s gonna direct them. And so, it’s exciting,”
Set in the world of the 2022’s The Batman, the HBO Max series will focus on Oswald Cobblepot’s past and show his rise to power in Gotham’s seedy underbelly rather than portray him as the established kingpin. The character has a rich history of live-action appearances, as Danny DeVito famously played Penguin in Batman Returns and Robin Lord Taylor portrayed him in Gotham.
The limited drama will be based on the DC characters created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. It is being written by Lauren LeFrance, who is also set as the showrunner.
The upcoming The Penguin series will be executive produced by The Batman‘s Dylan Clark and Matt Reeves, Farrell, LeFranc, Daniel Pipski, Adam Kassanand, and Rafi Crohn. It is a joint project between 6th and Idaho, DC Entertainment, Dylan Clark Productions, and Warner Bros. Television.