All hell is threatening to break loose behind the scenes at Lucifer as a result of a brewing contract dispute involving the series’ titular star.
Multiple sources talking about that re-negotiations between Tom Ellis and Warner Bros. Television for a potential sixth season of the Netflix drama have come to a standstill, with the actor allegedly rejecting the studio’s latest offer. Ellis already has a Season 6 deal in place, so depending on the circumstances, his failure to honor the existing deal would put him in breach of contract.
Despite having what appears to be the legal upper hand, Warner Bros. TV has, per sources, gone back and “sweetened the pot” multiple times. “Everyone wants Tom to be happy,” says the insider. “But there’s a limit, and it’s been reached.”
Reps for both Netflix and Warner Bros. Television declined to comment for this story. Ellis’ spokesperson avoided to give any comment.
It was back in February that Netflix informed Warner Bros. that it was interested in extending the hellacious drama’s lifespan beyond the previously announced (and forthcoming) fifth and “final” season. Two weeks later, the studio closed new deals with co-showrunners Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson for a Season 6. Per sources, the contract options for Lucifer‘s supporting cast are all expected to be picked up pending a deal with Ellis, and all parties have indicated that they want to return.
Lucifer has not only become an increasingly popular hit for Netflix, but the character has even expanded his horizons. This past December, during the Arrowverse’s massive Crisis On Infinite Earth’s crossover event, John Constantine crossed paths with Lucifer in order to gain some help in completing a magical ritual. Their interaction was not only a welcome surprise for fans, it confirmed Lucifer to be Arrowverse canon. The show’s upcoming season 5 was originally set to have 10 episodes, but Netflix added an additional six, bringing the total to 16. It’s also been confirmed that Dennis Haysbert will be joining the cast as God in the new season 6.
After airing for three seasons of Lucifer on Fox and despite initially high viewership for its debut, ratings remained consistently low throughout the series’ run on Fox. On May 11, 2018, Fox canceled Lucifer at the end of the third season. A month later, Netflix picked up the series for the fourth season of ten episodes, which was released on May 8, 2019. On June 2018 after few weeks of cancellation of Lucifer by Fox, Tom Ellis called the backlash to the cancellation — and a subsequent #SaveLucifer fan campaign — “nothing short of ridiculously overwhelming,” adding: “Since doing Lucifer, I’ve done press in various parts of the world, and I’m fully aware that this show is much more popular than what it had seemed to be on Fox… So I’m not surprised by people being angry. I just wasn’t ready this tsunami of love that came with it.”
Reporters giving information from multiple sources that there are re-negotiations taking place between Ellis and Warner Bros. Television for a possible Lucifer season 6. Unfortunately, it appears negotiations aren’t going as smoothly as the studio hoped. Ellis has reportedly rejected the studio’s latest offer, though he had previously inked a contract extension allowing him to continue in the role for another season. Apparently, Warner Bros. has gone back multiple times in attempts to “sweeten the pot” for the actor with no luck in coming to an agreement. The series’ supporting cast have all expressed their desire to return for another season, their contract options expected to be picked up pending Ellis’ deal.