‘Sandman’ Comics Spinoff ‘Lucifer’ Gets TV Pilot Order

By February 19, 2015
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Renowned comic book creator Neil Gaiman has provided readers with fascinating and unique creations for the entirety of his nearly 30-year career, from timeless interpretations of classic superheroes like Batman and Miracleman to his own creations like Coraline. Perhaps one of his most popular and enduring works is Sandman for DC Comics’ mature readers imprint Vertigo, depicting the character of Dream, or Morpheus, in a grand story about stories themselves. One of the characters that appeared in Sandman, Lucifer, would eventually garner enough popularity to earn his own solo comic book series by writer Mike Carey. It looks like that series has served as the inspiration for a brand new pilot episode being tasked by Fox.

According to Variety, Fox has ordered a pilot for “Lucifer” based on the Sandman spinoff series of the same name. Carey’s original series, which ran for 75 issues from 2000 to 2006, depicted the infamous fallen angel leaving behind his life as the ruler of Hell, and settling in Los Angeles to enjoy its “shimmering insanity.” Predominant themes in the story generally revolve around the gift and curse of free will, especially under the rule of an omniscient God. Lucifer, who is rejected by Heaven for being blasphemous, reasons that rebellion and the totality of sin were both created and foreseen by God himself, and rejects the rule of the creator as being tyrannical. In the comic book series, this brought him into general conflict with agents of Heaven like Archangels, while also showing Lucifer living his life in a general attempt to be free from God’s omnipotence.

The report from Variety makes no specific mention of a thematic aim for the new pilot, instead describing the concept of the show as showing the fallen angel abandoning his kingdom to “help the LAPD punish criminals.”

The project is being spearheaded by Jerry Bruckheimer Entertainment, Aggressive Medicority, and Warner Bros. Television, with Tom Kapinos (“Californication”) serving as writer of the pilot and executive producer. “Lucifer” joins an increasing number of comics-based television series in the production pipeline, with currently running shows like Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and “Agent Carter” on ABC joining the likes of DC Comics-inspired shows like Fox’s “Gotham” and the CW’s “Arrow” and “The Flash.” Other shows coming include Marvel’s Netflix endeavors like “Daredevil,” “AKA Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” and “Iron Fist.”

There’s not currently any word on a production start date, but keep an eye on GeekNation for any future developments!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.