Fresh off the incredible critical and commercial success of “The Batman”, writer/director Matt Reeves has announced that the upcoming “Gotham PD” series that was supposed to air on HBO Max has been put on hold in favor of a Arkham Asylum series, which is a much better project. Reeves will serve as a producer on the series, while Joe Barton (“The Ritual”, “Encounter”) will serve as showrunner. This is a second project that Barton and Reeves are working together as Barton is writing the script for the new “Cloverfield” film that will serve as a found footage direct sequel to Reeves 2008 break out hit.
Regarding the project, Reeves had this to say “The GCDP thing, that story has kind of evolved. We’ve actually now moving more into the realm of exactly what would happen in the world of Arkham as it relates coming off of our movie, and some of the characters, again in their origins that you would – almost leaning into the idea of, it’s like a horror movie or a haunted house that is Arkham. The idea of, again the way that Gotham is a character in the movie, I really want Arkham to exist as a character, so that you go into this environment and encounter these characters in a way that feels really fresh. And so in our work on Gotham, that story started to evolve, and it started feeling, ‘Wait, we should really lean into this.’ And that’s kind of where that’s gone.”
I love this idea. Originally when Reeves spoke about a Gotham PD spin-off show it just brought back bad memories of Fox’s Gotham series that always rubbed me the wrong way with its inconsistent tone.
An Arkham show sounds much more interesting however if I was on the creative team I would structure the series like an anthology show. Have each season follow one particular criminal from their origin to how they ended up in Arkham with Jim Gordon and a young detective interviewing them about how and why they became what they are. Like Mindhunter meets American Horror Story.
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