A reliable entertainment website is reporting that Tom Ellis has agreed to a new contract that will almost certainly pave the wave for a sixth season of Lucifer.
Netflix is now in talks with Warner Bros. Television to extend the popular series, and with Ellis, and co-producers Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson signed on, it appears to be a done deal.
TVLine reports Ellis reached the deal after several weeks of negotiations.
Sources close to the show have not been able to confirm the details for JimHeath.TV.
Ellis had taken his time to agree to the deal after other opportunities had come up in the months everyone believed season five would be the last.
The popular British actor has been rumored to be a possible replacement for the retiring Daniel Craig in the James Bond franchise.
Netflix tossed everyone for a loop last month when they decided to give a green light for a sixth season.
Writers had already wrapped up the series in the fifth season, and production was nearly complete.
The series originally aired on FOX for three seasons before it was canceled by the network.
After fans started a “#SaveLucifer” campaign, in an effort to get the series picked up elsewhere, Netflix came to the rescue.
But this time Ellis, and his fans on social media, stayed relatively quiet about it.
@Lucifansgroup1, the main Lucifer fan group on Twitter (who Ellis follows), remained calm and patient during the contract talks, likely at the request of everyone involved in the show.
This likely means there will be revisions to some of the finished scripts of season five due to creating a cliffhanger for the sixth season.
Lucifer’s producers have worked closely with Netflix ever since the streaming giant rescued the series.
“We are so incredibly thankful to Netflix for resurrecting our show last season, and now letting us finish the story of Lucifer on our terms,” co-showrunners Modrovich and Henderson said when the news about Lucifer’s fifth season was revealed. “Most importantly, we want to thank the fans for their incredible passion and support. The best is yet to come!!”
The upcoming season 5 will consist of 16 episodes that will air in two separate, eight-episode chunks.
The first eight episodes are likely to be released in May, the traditional time networks wrap up their season.