New Take On DC Comics’ ‘Lucifer’ Gets Pilot Order At Fox

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Fox is moving forward with another comic book adaptation.

The network has handed out a late pilot order to Lucifer, a new take on the DC Comics character from Californication creator Tom Kapinos, Jerry Bruckheimer’s banner Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Warner Bros Television, TVWise has learned.

Lucifer follows the eponymous character who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals.

The script is being written by Tom Kapinos – who also has pilot Dead People set up at The CW. He also serves as an executive producer alongside Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman. Hawaii Five-0 and Sleepy Hollow helmer has also boarded the project and is set to direct and executive produce the pilot.

The late pilot order for Lucifer comes after prolonged talks between studio Warner Bros Television and Fox, who originally landed the project with a hefty put pilot commitment back in September. It’s worth noting, however, that when the drama was taken in by Fox several months ago, the premise was that of Lucifer arriving in LA to open a piano bar, rather than help out the LAPD – as per the above logline.

For its part, Lucifer is the sixth drama pilot that Fox has ordered this season. Its joins a development slate which includes: Studio City, starring Perception alum Eric McCormacka US adaptation of BBC One’s Luther; a Minority Report sequel; pathologist drama Rosewood; and a new take on Frankenstein from Howard Gordon.