Last week, news surfaced that “Lucifer” was in development as a TV series at Fox, with a “put pilot” commitment giving the series a very strong chance of making it on air. “Lucifer” ran for 75 issues under DC Comics’ mature readers Vertigo imprint, as a spinoff of the celebrated “Sandman” series.
Mike Carey wrote the entire run of “Lucifer,” primarily joined by artists Peter Gross and Ryan Kelly. CBR News reached out to Carey for his reaction on the “Lucifer” news, and the writer — currently wrapping up his long-running series “The Unwritten” at Vertigo — responded by saying he’s watching the TV developments with “fascination,” and invoking SchrÃ¶dinger’s cat. His full statement follows.
“It’s in the nature of these things that projects in development are cloaked in a certain degree of secrecy.Â Peter and I knew from a long time back that ‘Lucifer’ was one of many projects that Warner were considering as potential movies or returning series.Â Then things got really quiet, which means one of two things: either something is happening, or absolutely nothing is happening.Â And from the outside there’s no way of telling which of those two it is.Â The box is closed, and the cat is both alive and dead.
“Then we got the news and realized that the cat is alive.Â Not to mention infernal, fallen and demonic. We’re very excited at the possibilities this opens up, and very curious to see how the creative team on the series handles the core characters and situations.Â There are lots of different ways into the story and lots of different ways of navigating once you’re up and running.Â Obviously the starting point for ‘Lucifer,’ the bedrock, is a set of characters defined by Neil Gaiman in ‘The Sandman,’ and I’d assume that that’s the story the pilot will tell — some version of the ‘Season Of Mists’ storyline from ‘Sandman,’ with or without Morpheus in the mix.Â But after that it’s all very much up for grabs.Â I’m watching in fascination. It will be very cool if our characters and plotlines end up being referenced.”
The “Lucifer” TV series, as described in original reports, looks to closely follow Carey’s run on the comic book: “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 opens an exclusive piano bar called Lux.”
If “Lucifer” indeed goes to series, it will be the second DC Comics-based show on Fox, along with Batman prequel “Gotham,” which debuted this past Monday. That’s in addition to “Arrow” and “The Flash” on The CW (with Vertigo adaptation “iZombie” scheduled for midseason) and “Constantine” — taking cues from the 300-issue “Hellblazer” run at Vertigo — on NBC, plus “Titans” in development at TNT and “Supergirl” in the works at CBS.
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