by Courtney Key
Fox is giving the devil his due.
The network has made a put pilot commitment for a television version of DC Comics and Vertigo’s Lucifer. In non-industry terms, this translates into an order for a pilot containing substantial penalties should the pilot fail to air, meaning it’s likely that fans of the fallen angel will get to see him in action on the small screen soon.
The pilot will be in the hands of Californication creator and executive producer Tom Kapinos, and will be co-produced by Warner Brothers TV.
The well-regarded Lucifer series, written by Mike Carey, spun out of the pages of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, where the character made his first modern appearance. Having left Hell and given up his wings, Lucifer installs himself as the proprietor of an upscale piano bar in L.A. named Lux. When he is given the opportunity to complete a mission for the Creator and win a letter of passage to other realms, however, events are set in motion that could ultimately lead to the undoing of creation itself. The series ran from 2000 – 2006, and was nominated for an Eisner Award.
Fox is, of course, well-known for being the home of short-lived genre television shows, but has recently had success with the supernatural thriller Sleepy Hollow, soon to start its second season. It will be interesting to see how the philosophical and theological elements of Lucifer translate to network television.
Are you excited for Lucifer to come to T.V.? Apprehensive? Did you find yourself flailing a bit at the news that one of your favorite comics of all time is going to be adapted for television or was that just me? Most importantly, who will be the voice of Gaudium? Let us know in the comments!