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"Lucifer" Television Adaption in the Works

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | September 17, 2014 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | September 17, 2014 |

Fox has ordered a pilot for an adaption of Lucifer, based on the DC comics character that Neil Gaiman featured in a few key scenes of Sandman, and then starred in his own 75 issue series written by Mike Carey. That comic series is the best comic book series I have ever read. Sacrilege of sacrilege, it’s even better than Sandman, and that’s pretty much the untouchable gold standard of graphic literature.

And it’s just as impossible to imagine any adaptation doing the slightest justice to it. This is a series that passes so far beyond any visual imagination, traveling to heaven and hell, and dozens of surreal worlds mined out of mythology, that I cannot believe that it can possibly be adapted in any meaningful visual way. And the fact that it’s set to air on network television? If my own future self traveled backwards in time and told me that this series was incredible, I wouldn’t believe him, even if he had my secret time travel password.

An aside: you do have a secret time travel password, right? Some word or phrase you have never written down, spoken aloud, or used as a password for anything else? That way if an old dude shows up claiming to be you from the future, you have a way of checking if it’s really you, or just a subtle terminator sent back to kill you, fed all the information you’ve ever exposed to the world even in the slightest. This is just a basic precaution for anyone with a mind for science fiction.

In any case, the excutive producer is apparently Californication creator/executive producer Tom Kapinos, which fills me with further doubt. I read that as them running with the basic premise of “the devil quits running hell and opens a piano bar in Los Angeles” as a cheesy tongue-in-cheek affair as opposed to the wonderful story of morality and free will of the comics.

But I’ve been wrong before. I mean, it’s been at least a decade since the last time, but it’s definitely theoretically possible.

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