When the shocking news hit that Lucifer would be coming to a close after what fans consider the most epic season of its Fox run, many were left wondering if there was just an ice cubes chance in hell that Netflix could pick up the DC drama.
Now just a few short weeks after its cancellation, Lucifer is restructured for a fourth season via Netflix. With such an unprecedented move, fans that called for the series to be revived are now wondering whats next? And how is this going to work?
Showrunners Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich took to the internet to give fans an update on what is to come for the demon’s spawn’s next adventure in a new home.
When asked how they found out the show would be picked up by Netflix.
“We found out 10 minutes before the announcement came out [on Friday afternoon]” Henderson shares. “We were just barely ahead of the curve because that’s how quickly everything happened. Adds Modrovich, “My agent called me, and then we got a lovely call from [Warner Bros. TV president] Peter Roth, which was pretty darn funny. I guess he called Tom [Ellis] first and said something like, ‘Sharpen your horns!’”
Henderson went on to remark that Netflix has ordered ten episodes as opposed to season 3’s 26 episodes.
The duo then confirmed when production would begin.
“Soon,” reports Modrovich. “August-ish.” Meaning, pretty close to the usual production start-up time. Adds Henderson, “We’re hitting the ground running. Everyone is primed and ready.”
They were, however, a little less detailed about the cast’s appearance at SDCC
We would love to; we don’t know,” says Henderson, citing the late pick-up as a factor. “We love being there, but we just don’t know.”
Naturally, Netflix will be a whole new playing field for the team, questions of the shows run time per episode have been sparked.
Versus broadcast-TV’s commercially interrupted length? “We’ll probably stick roughly to our 43 minutes,” Modrovich ventures. “That’s part of what we’re going to talk to Netflix about. I think we might have a bit of room for flexibility, hopefully, so if there’s a scene we love, and we don’t want to cut it, we’re hoping that now we won’t have to. But, we’re not suddenly going to have hour-and-a-half episodes!” As Henderson observes of the leap from broadcast-TV to streaming, “You forget that editing is your friend. Sometimes cutting something is a good thing.”
As with any major moves, things can be lost, but fans can rest easy with these details on season 4’s plans.
To put it simply, Season 4 on Netflix will encompass what was to be the first half of the original Season 4 arc. “We were going to have two parts to it anyway, so we’ll just tell a really strong, gnarly first part,” Modrovich enthuses. Doing so, says Henderson, “lets us concentrate the story and focus it, and that’s what’s really exciting about this. We have a really strong first half that is now going to make for an amazing story.”
Not a stranger to the lifeline game, Netflix has played host to multiple canceled shows, and the duo was more than aware of that fact.
Per Henderson, “What we have been told, basically, is 1) they love the show, and 2) they loved the fan reaction. They really noticed it. The fans were heard, and that’s the biggest thing that we should convey. They saw the passion of the fans, and apparently a number of people over there just like the show.” Modrovich echoes that takeaway, saying: “With social media, the fans now can make a difference, and that is the coolest part of this whole experience. They really feel ownership, like, ‘Hey, we got our show back,’ and I love that.”
While the team is unclear on how long it will take they are confident eventually fans will be able to stream the entire series as Netflix at some points plans to acquire the original three seasons for its streaming service. Perhaps the most contested point of the last minute save of the show is if this will be a farewell season for writers to close up loose ends and send off the devil you know into the sunset with an ending befitting his character, to which the showrunners remarked.
Oh Hell no. Rather, in success, “There is always the potential for more,” Modrovich says.
So there you have it the definitive guide to Lucifer season 4, Are you excited for whats to come? What other shows should be saved or revived by the streaming service?