With mainstream comic book properties seemingly taking over the airwaves, studios are finally starting to look to the independent imprints for their source material. Last year, FOX optioned a put pilot based on Vertigo Comics’ Lucifer, a character who first appeared in Neil Gaiman’s seminal Sandman series.
Today, rumor site Bleeding Cool reported that “according to good sources, the pilot has been approved, and greenlit.”
The article goes on to state that the Lucifer will be run by Californication showrunner Tom Kapinos. While the studio had made no official announcement, this would seem to conflict with reports that Kapinos’ collaboration with Bad Robot, Dead People, will be airing on The CW next season. While it is not unheard of for showrunners to handle multiple properties at once (see Greg Berlanti’s increasingly insane slate of super hero shows), this does make the story a bit shaky.
The fact that Lucifer was optioned with a put pilot does lend some credibility to the idea that Fox would air it. If a studio does not air a put pilot, it stands to pay a serious penalty so. At the very least, it seems likely that the pilot will air, though whether or not Lucifer will go on to a six episode or full season order remains questionable.