Warner Bros is stocking up on original content for its upcoming DC-branded OTT Video service.
Today, Warner Bros Digital Networks and DC Entertainment announced that “Gotham” executive producers John Stephens and Danny Cannon will explore the world of “Metropolis”(Superman’s home away from home) in an all-new live-action drama series to air exclusively on the upcoming DC-branded OTT service, which will be operated by Warner Bros. Digital Networks.
The series, which is the fourth announced series for the new digital service, has received a direct-to-series order for a first season of 13 episodes. The show will go into production later this year and will debut on the service in 2019.
Set in the City of Tomorrow before the arrival of Superman, “Metropolis” follows Lois Lane and Lex Luthor as they investigate the world of fringe science and expose the city’s dark and bizarre secrets.
Stephens (“Gotham,” “Gossip Girl,” “The O.C.,” “Gilmore Girls”) and Cannon (“Gotham,” “Nikita,” “CSI series”) are signed on as executive producers. Cannon will direct the first episode, from a teleplay by Stephens, with story by Cannon and Stephens.
Based on characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, published by DC, “Metropolis” is produced by Warner Bros. Television.
Additional programs that will launch on the upcoming service include Warner Bros. Television’s live-action drama “Titans,” as well as Warner Bros. Animation’s “Harley Quinn” and “Young Justice: Outsiders.”
Warner Bros isn’t the only company building OTT platforms based around specific IP. In July of last year, MGM announced plans to launch a video service dedicated to the Stargate Franchise. In addition to the service, the company announced that it would be reviving the series in hopes of driving consumers to the new platform.
The new series, titled “Stargate Origins,” is to be produced by MGM’s Digital Group and entertainment studio New Form. The reboot will be directed by Mercedes Bryce Morgan (“Virtual Morality”) and written by Mark Ilvedson and Justin Michael Terry.