A potential sixth season of Lucifer is reportedly in trouble due to a contract dispute with lead star Tom Ellis.
A month after Fox canceled Lucifer in 2018, Netflix opted to pick up the Tom Ellis series for a fourth season and later renewed the show for the fifth year. While Lucifer season five was initially expected the last one, Tom Ellis and his co-stars reportedly finalized deals to return for another season to be produced by Netflix and Warner Bros.
However, TVLine reports that multiple sources have told them renegotiations between Tom Ellis and Warner Bros. for a possible sixth season of Lucifer have come to a halt. According to the outlet, Tom Ellis has rejected the studios’ latest offer and while Warner Bros. may have the legal advantage, sources have gone to the lead star and “sweetened the pot” on multiple occasions.
Although the fact that Tom Ellis already has a season six deal in place means he could be in breach of contract if he fails to honor the agreement, depending on the situation, and an insider tells TVLine “everyone wants Tom to be happy. […] But there’s a limit, and it’s been reached.” Representatives for both Netflix and Warner Bros. Television reportedly declined to comment on the story while a spokesperson for Tom Ellis spokesperson had no comment.
Here is the official synopsis for Tom Ellis’ Lucifer:
Lucifer is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar has resigned his throne and retired to the City of Angels, where he owns an upscale piano bar called Lux. Lucifer is enjoying his retirement and indulging in a few of his favorite things — wine, women, song — when a beautiful pop star is brutally murdered outside of Lux. For the first time in roughly 10 billion years, he feels something awaken deep within him. He’s not sure whether it’s his suppressed desire to punish the wicked or something deeper and more confusing — is he actually capable of feelings for a human being? The very thought disturbs him — as well as his best friend and confidante, Mazikeen (aka Maze), a fierce demon in the form of beautiful young woman. The murder attracts the attention of LAPD homicide detective Chloe Dancer, who finds herself both repulsed and fascinated by Lucifer. As they work together to solve the pop star’s murder, Lucifer is struck by Chloe’s inherent goodness. Used to dealing with the absolute worst of humanity, he begins to wonder if there’s hope yet. At the same time, God’s emissary, the angel Amenadiel, has been sent to Los Angeles to convince Lucifer to return to Hell. But with the City of Angels at his feet and a newfound purpose, Lucifer’s having too much fun to go back now.
Lucifer stars Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar, Lauren German as Chloe Decker, Kevin Alejandro as Dan Espinoza, D.B. Woodside as Amenadiel, Lesley-Ann Brandt as Mazikeen, Scarlett Estevez as Trixie Espinoza, Aimee Garcia as Ella Lopez, and Rachael Harris as Linda Martin.
Lucifer season 5 is scheduled to premiere exclusively on Netflix in 2020.