Lucifer TV show pilot breaks from the comic in a big way

Len Wiseman’s pilot for Lucifer TV show puts the Morningstar in a police procedural

LuciferFox and the WB are bringing Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg’s Lucifer to TV.

Deadline reports that the network has given a pilot order to the show based on the Vertigo character, which will be directed by Underworld’s Len Wiseman. Wiseman was recently involved with Sleepy Hollow, for which he directed the pilot. The show will be written by Tom Kapinos, who created the David Duchovny drama Californication.

The show also has some heavy weight backing in the form of Jerry Bruckheimer.

What’s interesting is that the Deadline report doesn’t mention Mike Carey’s long-running spinoff series, and that the plotline doesn’t ring any bells, Sandman-wise either, beyond the Morningstar giving up running Hell to open a bar in LA.

The show “centers on Lucifer who, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals.”

That police procedural element is a new addition to the show’s previous outline. Hmmm.

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