Fox is continuing their recent spree of series green-lights.The network, who yesterday picked up three new comedies (The Grinder, The Guide To Surviving Life and Grandfathered) and an hour-long drama (Rosewood), has handed out series orders to three of their most high-profile drama pilots: Frankenstein, from Homeland EP Howard Gordon; the DC Comics adaptation Lucifer; and Paramount TV’s Minority Report sequel.
From Crisis creator Rand Ravich, Frankenstein follows Ray Pritchard, a morally corrupt retired cop, who is given a second chance at life when he is brought back from the dead. Now younger and stronger, Pritchard will have to choose between his old temptations and his new sense of purpose. The drama is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and stars Rob Kazinski, Tim DeKay, Dilshad Vadsaria, Adhir Kalyan and Philip Baker Hall. The executive producers are Rand Ravich and Howard Gordon.
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 hour-long drama is being produced by WBTV and stars Tom Ellis, DB Woodside, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Rachael Harris and Nicholas Gonzalez. The pilot script was penned by Tom Kapinos, who also serves as an executive producer alongside Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Len Wiseman.
Envisioned as a sequel to the Tom Cruise feature film of the same name, Minority Report is set 10 years after the end of pre-crime in D.C. when one of the three pre-cogs struggles to lead a “normal” human life, but remains haunted by visions of the future. He meets a detective haunted by her past who just may help him find a purpose for his gift. Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Amblin Television and Paramount Television, the project was penned by Max Borenstein, who serves as an executive producer alongside Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Kevin Falls. The cast includes Malcolm Jamal-Warner, Stark Sands, Meagan Good, Laura Regan and Wilmer Valderrama.
For its part Lucifer becomes the latest entry in Warner Bros. Television’s ever expanding DC Comics empire. In the past week, the studio has seen that empire expand from Arrow, The Flash and iZombie at The CW to include Supergirl at CBS and the Arrow/Flash spin-off DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow, also at The CW. Despite a tricky pilot order, Lucifer has been on the fast track for a series order. The same is true of the buzzy The Frankenstein Code and Minority Report, both of which come from some heady auspices and are already driving interest from international buyers ahead of the LA Screenings.