Even as word comes down of “Constantine’s” cancellation at NBC, news breaks that another Vertigo mainstay will get his time in the television spotlight.
Fox has ordered “Lucifer,” based on the character introduced in 1989 by Neil Gaiman and Sam Kieth in “The Sandman” before he went on to star in his own long-running series, written by Mike Carey and illustrated by Peter Gross, Ryan Kelly and Dean Ormston.
Written by Tom Kapinos (“Californication”) and directed by Len Wiseman (“Underworld”), the pilot stars Tom Ellis (“Once Upon a Time,” “Doctor Who”) as the Lord of Hell who, bored and unhappy, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for Los Angeles. There, he gets his kicks helping the police punish criminals.
Ellis is joined by Lauren German as Det. Chloe Dancer, Rachael Harris as Kim Martin, DB Woodside as Amenadiel, Lesley-Ann Brandt as Maze, Nicholas Gonzalez as Dan and Scarlett Estevez as Trixie.
The project hails from Warner Bros. Television, DC Entertainment and Jerry Bruckheimer Productions. Kapinos and Wiseman will executive produce alongside Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Ildy Modrovich.
Fox also picked up “Minority Report,” from Amblin Television, Paramount Television and 20th Century Fox Television, based on the 2002 Steven Spielberg film.
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