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Vertigo's "Lucifer" in Development at Fox, with Put Pilot Commitment

Another DC Comics series may be on its way to network TV: An adaptation of "Lucifer" -- which ran for 75 issues from 2000 to 2006 as part of Vertigo, DC's mature readers imprint -- is in development at Fox, according to Deadline. The series already has a "put pilot" commitment, making it very likely at least a pilot will be produced and aired.

"Californication" creator Tom Kapinos will write and executive produce the "Lucifer" adaptation. Warner Bros. TV will produce, as is the case for all of Warner-owned DC Entertainment's (now many) television projects. Based on Deadline's description, the show looks like it may follow closely with the premise of the comic book series: "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."

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The entire 75-issue run of "Lucifer" was written by Mike Carey, with much of the issues illustrated by Peter Gross and Ryan Kelly; the same team that later collaborated on Vertigo's "The Unwritten." "Lucifer" was a spinoff of the seminal Neil Gaiman-written series "Sandman," and unlike most recent Vertigo titles, both took place in the DC Universe.

If "Lucifer" ends up going to series, it will be the second DC-based show on Fox, along with "Gotham," which debuts this coming Monday. That's in addition to "Arrow" and "The Flash" on The CW (with Vertigo adaptation "iZombie" scheduled for midseason) and "Constantine" on NBC, plus "Titans" in development at TNT.

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