A deal has been reached between Fox and Warner Bros. TV for a pilot order for a Lucifer television series after a lengthy negotiation that had resulted in a put-pilot order back in September.
Fox has ordered the pilot, which will be directed by Len Wiseman, who will also executive produce, according to THR, which added that Jerry Bruckheimer has come on as executive producer along with members from his Jerry Bruckheimer Television team.
As previously reported, Lucifer, based on DC/Vertigo’s Sandmanspin-off comic book series written by Mike Carey (Unwritten, Hellblazer), will be scripted by Tom Kapinos (creator/executive producer for Californication) who will serve as showrunner. Wiseman, who helmed the Underworld films, is also an executive producer on Fox’s Sleepy Hollow TV series and had directed that show’s pilot, whereas Bruckheimer had previously been attached to another DC project for Fox, Global Frequency, which the network eventually passed on.
Originally, the premise of the Lucifer television series was that the title character, created by Neil Gaiman in his Sandman comic book series, was bored and unhappy with his life reigning in Hell, so he abandons his position and heads to sunny LA to open a piano bar called Lux. Now, the show has been altered to make it more of a police procedural, having the former Lord Of Hell “gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals.” In the comic book series, former associates and other powerful beings disrupt Lucifer’s retirement on Earth.
Lucifer will join Warner Bros. TV’s other DC universe television shows: Fox’s Gotham; The CW’s Arrow, The Flash, and iZombie debuting mid-season; and NBC’s Constantine, as well as planned series for Supergirl at CBS, Titans at TNT, and Krypton at Syfy.
Meanwhile, a big-screen adaptation of Sandman is in the works with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and David S. Goyer producing for Warner Brothers with Neil Gaiman’s involvement.