DC Comics' Lucifer Gets Full Pilot Order at Fox, Tweaked Premise

Fox Lucifer Pilot

A drama project based on the DC Comics imprint Vertigo’s Lucifer series has received a formal pilot order at Fox — as well as a tweak to its concept.

Previously, the project had a “put” pilot commitment from the network, incurring financial penalties had it died on the vine.

Penned by Californication creator Tom Kapinos, who will exec-produce alongside Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Sleepy Hollow EP Len Wiseman (also the pilot’s director), Lucifer now will follow the Lord of Hell as he abdicates his throne and kingdom to make camp in Los Angeles, where he will help the LAPD punish criminals.

Originally, the premise had Lucifer opening a swanky piano bar in Los Angeles.

Now that it’s a half-step closer to fruition, who are your latest thoughts on casting the lead?

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50 Comments
  1. analog says:

    So it’s going to be a procedural?

    • johnhelvete says:

      Very likely. FOX is convinced that Sleepy Hollow became too serialized this season, and that is why they believe that show lost viewers. They also clearly want Gotham to maintain a procedural element as well.

      • sam says:

        Yet Gotham being ‘normal crime procedural’ is what has turned me off the show.

        • johnhelvete says:

          Gotham has played with the procedural formula a little bit though by having a few of the case of the week bad guys carry over to the next episode. I agree that it is one of the weaknesses of the show.

  2. Theresa says:

    Seems James Marsters would be a perfect fit for the part.

  3. herman1959 says:

    Does Lucifer have to be blond?

  4. Ram510 says:

    Nooooo, we don’t need this. And if anything it should be in cable. Not excited about this one

  5. Okay so — it will bear next to no resemblance to the actual comic. Lucifer helping the LAPD sounds like a thing I’m wholly uninterested in.

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  7. Dude says:

    This makes no sense. If Lucifer is like the ultimate evil, why is he punishing criminals? Shouldn’t he be rewarding them for doing his work? Or is he the only one allowed to be evil? This just reinstates why the concept of hell makes no sense.

    • Fx says:

      Also, aren’t there better things out there to do than help some city’s cops?

      • johnhelvete says:

        CBS is doing the same thing with their pilot based on the movie Limitless, and making it about a guy helping the FBI. FOX also has their “Frankenstein” pilot this year and the main character is a corrupt retired cop, which likely means that will be a procedural as well.

    • Wordsmith says:

      Particularly in the DC comics universe, Heaven and Hell are hardly black and white. There are all sorts of moral complexities that make it so that demons decide to do good and angels do very, very bad things.

    • Rey says:

      Hell is a torture chamber for the evil and the damned (the demons and devils are the torturers) — hence “punishing criminals.”

  8. cjeffery7 says:

    grown-up Draco Malfoy??

  9. Shannon says:

    Ugh, this sounds like a complete disaster. (I haven’t read the actual series, just Sandman and the initial mini-series). I loved the interaction between Dream and Lucifer and I can’t imagine them doing justice to his back story or how they are going to take a character who did open up a bar and turn him into a tool of the LAPD.

    I would suggest anyone who doesn’t know this character to google ‘Lucifer Sandman’ or ‘Lucifer DC Comics’

  10. Dan says:

    Sure. Because Constantine worked so well with the “appropriate” tweaks that had to be mostly reversed throughout the season.

  11. just saying says:

    Was that an Angel shout out? Lorne!!!

    • I think the piano bar concept is from the Sandman comic book series.

      • Theresa says:

        The piano bar is still in the script for the pilot, it’s just not the focus. Lucifer owns the bar but works with a cop on a case. I’ve read excerpts and it’s perfect for James Marsters.

        • Nolan says:

          James Marsters is 52 and not aging well. Trust me, they’re going to look for someone younger, with a little more “heat” (no hellfire puns intended.) The geek fallacy that any BTVS alum will bring so many viewers that success is guaranteed – that’s been disproven at least 10 times by now. There’s someone fresher who can do this role justice.

          • Theresa says:

            So today is “opposite day?” First, he looks fabulous. Second, he’s about as hot as they get. And third, Castle, Bones, and How I Met Your Mother all perform(ed) well. Different perspectives. :)

          • Lizo says:

            James is a special case for the fandom loyalty thing. His fans *will* follow him in mass numbers to a show.

  12. Dizzle says:

    I would much rather watch the piano-bar version! Caritas was always a delight on “Angel”. A crime-fighting Lucifer sounds, um, well….

  13. Gerald says:

    Wow this sounds similar to “Damien” starring Bradley James which is already picked up to series at Lifetime. I’m sure they will be different, but does anyone know the difference?

  14. David4 says:

    So every show on Fox must be a cop show now?

    Here’s an idea Fox, your one non-cop show is a MEGA hit, maybe stick to doing things like that. Lucifer opening a bar sounds fun, Lucifer helping cops…. not one bit.

  15. Geo says:

    Dear God in heaven, please don’t let these idiots get hold of the actual Sandman:

    “Morpheus, Lord of Dreams by night, NYPD forensic expert by day. Each week he’ll solve crimes with the help of his sisters, Death, who moonlights as a nurse at a big city ER, and Delirium, a high-powered and successful defense attorney.”

    Fridays at 10:00 on NBC.

  16. Jane says:

    Mark Pellegrino. He is the best Lucifer ever.

  17. Larc says:

    Networks will relentlessly ride the comic book horse until they kill it and then have to start looking around for another idea they can copy.

  18. Ray says:

    Massive no to the LAPD aspect. The last thing broadcast television needs is another cop procedural.

  19. Viv says:

    Let´s face it: comic book adaption series are the new vampires… so, by my estimation we have another three seasons to go before they´ll find a new/old hype they can concentrate on.
    As for those news: I don´t trust Fox…. and this LAPD twist – meh.

  20. Websnap says:

    No, Fox.. NO! Not until you renew Constantine. Your eyes are bigger than your stomach.

  21. Alice says:

    Another police procedural. Pass.

  22. Matt says:

    I read a review of the pilot script. It’s basically just Forever.

  23. Lizo says:

    I’d honestly prefer the piano bar. The market is flooding with ‘superheroes assist the law in fighting crime’ shows. And while I love reading these stories in comic book form, the structure gets really stale and repetitive in TV format. I’d really like something more original or creative.

  24. isosim says:

    I can see it now – NCIS -Lucifer – Lucifer punishes the enemies of the US Navy/Marines. Or Law and Order -Lucifer – Lucifer punishes sexual deviants because they are in the lowest circle of Hell.