Dev­il­ish in­ten­tions

Neil Gaiman’s Prince of Dark­ness leaps to the small screen in Lu­cifer

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Sand­man’s Prince of Dark­ness gets his own TV spin-off.

If you’ve been feel­ing like su­per­nat­u­ral TV has been rather dark of late, then get ready to lighten up with Lu­cifer. The epony­mous se­ries is based on Neil Gaiman’s char­ac­ter Lu­cifer Morn­ingstar, from The Sand­man and sub­se­quent spin-off comics writ­ten by Mike Carey. For TV, the mythol­ogy is be­ing ex­ec­u­tive pro­duced by Joe Hen­der­son, Jonathan Littman, and pi­lot di­rec­tor Len Wise­man.

“There will be a lot of dev­il­ish be­hav­iour,” Littman prom­ises. “There will be mys­ter­ies, but it’s not a pro­ce­dural. It’s a blend of com­edy, genre and a bit of mystery.”

Mi­randa’s Tom El­lis em­bod­ies Lu­cifer as the son of Satan who leaves the Un­der­world. “The over­rid­ing as­pect is Lu­cifer’s re­bel­lion against his fa­ther,” Littman ex­plains. “He leaves Hell and his fa­ther wants him back but he’s like a 13-year-old, he doesn’t want to go back.”

Turns out Lu­cifer quite likes the de­bauch­ery of Los An­ge­les and opens his own sin bin in the form of night­club, Lux. “He owns a club and he’s a devil so it’s like Rick in Casablanca,” Littman ex­plains. “There are peo­ple who will come look­ing for favours and he’s com­pletely un­abashed that he’s the devil. But while he’s here, he starts to do things that are good, which com­pletely con­founds him be­cause he doesn’t understand it. So the back­drop of the se­ries will be Lu­cifer’s jour­ney.”

But don’t let Lu­cifer’s road to en­light­en­ment de­ceive you. Littman prom­ises the ride will be very fun. “It’s not try­ing to be a heavy genre show. It is funny and does not take it­self se­ri­ously. Tom has done a great job cre­at­ing that char­ac­ter. It’s very dry and bor­der­line in­ap­pro­pri­ate in places.”

Lu­cifer airs 25 Jan­uary on Fox. UK air­date TBC.

“Please al­low me to in­tro­duce my­self…”

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