Donal Logue Goes to ‘Gotham’ After All

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Briefly: A few weeks ago there was a rumor that Donal Logue (Terriers, Sons of Anarchy) was the pick to play James Gordon in Fox’s Batman prequel TV series Gotham. Logue denied the report, and in the end Ben McKenzie was tapped to play the future commissioner of police. Then the rumor report changed, saying that Logue was actually offered a part other than Gordon: Detective Harvey Bullock.

Now Logue officially has that role, so he’ll show up in Gotham as Bullock, the cop who has been portrayed in a few different ways over decades of Batman stories. He’s been a gruff, brutish, corrupt partner assigned to Gordon when he first arrives in Gotham, and in other incarnations a loyal, if somewhat bumbling officer. Logue would have made a really interesting Gordon, but he’s perhaps one of the most obvious choices to play Bullock, so we’ll take it.

Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) scripted the pilot, and is exec producing with Danny Cannon, who will direct the pilot. Gotham shoots in New York in March. [Variety]

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This week has been full of talk about DC properties heading to TV, with Constantine and Gotham both getting pilot orders following their reported development cycles. We even heard that Gotham would feature not only Jim Gordon in his days before becoming Commissioner of Police in Gotham City, but a young Bruce Wayne and a cadre of early Batman foes.

We still don’t know who’ll play Bruce — that part is going to someone young enough to play 12 on screen — but Latino Review reports that Donal Logue (Terriers, Sons of Anarchy) has been  offered the Jim Gordon role. Don’t get too excited yet, however, as Logue is already saying it isn’t true. Read More »

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When we first heard about the Batman spin-off TV show Gotham, the concept seemed to exclude Batman. The show was described as following the younger days of Jim Gordon, as he learns the ropes in Gotham City and begins to encounter characters and villains that will become significant in later Batman stories. We know that Bruno Heller (The Mentalist) conceived the show and that Danny Cannon will direct, but that’s about all we’ve had.

Rumors, however, have claimed that a young Bruce Wayne will be in the show, and that the pilot might even see Jim Gordon working on the case of Wayne’s murdered parents.

Now Fox’s Kevin Reilly has given up some more info at the TCAs. Specifically, Bruce Wayne will be in the show, starting as a youth, and we’ll see him become Batman. That’s right — this is another origin story.  Read More »

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Just what is DC doing? Warner Bros. TV and The Mentalist creator Bruno Heller have just made a deal with Fox for the channel to order Gotham, a show that will explore the backstory of James Gordon, aka Commissioner Gordon of Batman fame.

In addition to going into Gordon’s early days, it will “also look at the villains who made Gotham City famous.” Since the modern Batman timeline conceptualizes the rise of those villains as a result of Batman’s activity, will we see shadows of the Batman in the show? Nope, based on what we know. Instead, the show finds Gordon working as a detective, possibly prior to Batman’s appearance, and we don’t know how the stories of other villains will factor in. Read More »

Rome

One of the shows that is really high on my ‘to-watch’ list is HBO’s Rome. I have friends who were seriously devoted to it, and practically thrust the blu-ray set into my hands whenever possible. The wildly expensive show was canceled after the second season, and while quite a lot of story was crammed into the last set of episodes, there is material yet to cover. (Big surprise, right? It’s Rome, after all.)

Over a year ago we heard that the show’s creator Bruno Heller was interested in doing a feature film Rome sequel, but we haven’t known much about it. We still don’t know much now, but there are a few interesting details bubbling up. Read More »

HBO’s Rome to be Resurrected As A Film?

Fans of HBO’s historical epic series Rome may soon have a reason to give their DVDs a rest. It seems that creator Bruno Heller is interested in revisiting the series as a theatrical film. Heller, who is currently helming The Mentalist on CBS, told THR earlier today that he’d love to wrap up the storyline that was cut short due to the show’s cancellation.

Despite getting decent ratings and several awards, the show was cancelled in the middle of its second season of production. With some estimates putting the budget of the show’s first season at around $100 million, it’s not surprising that HBO couldn’t stomach a third season (honestly, I’m grateful we even got a second). Heller ended up squeezing several seasons worth of plot into the show’s second season. One storyline, involving a certain Jewish messiah, didn’t make it into the series at all and could easily be adapted to film.

TV-to-film adaptations are becoming all the more common these days, but thus far I believe Sex and the City has been the only truly successful one. Serenity, while popular among fans, was a failure financially—and let’s not even get into what happened with the latest X-Files film. Unlike Rome, however, Sex and the City was a pop-culture phenomenon that had legions of fans waiting to make the film a success. Rome was popular among critics, but I don’t believe a “Rome” branded film would really draw the same sort of crowds based on name alone.

I want to believe in this film, but given that it would need a budget massively beyond that of Sex and the City, I think Heller is ultimately setting himself up for failure. Still, I’d kill to see Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo getting into all sorts of mischief again. Hopefully, I’m not the only one.

Discuss: Do you think Rome could make the transition to the big screen? How do you feel about tv-to-film adaptations in general?

Source: THR via Cinematical

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