Lucifer season 6 is in jeopardy because of Tom Ellis' alleged contract dispute. Ellis is the star of the show and it had been previously reported that he had signed on for the sixth season. However, it looks like there may be some trouble behind-the-scenes. The series originally aired on Fox, but was cancelled after three seasons. Soon after, Netflix picked up the series for a fourth season of ten episodes, which was released in May 2019.
According to sources, Tom Ellis and Netflix can't seem to reach a deal over Lucifer season 6. Ellis reportedly rejected the deal, which may or may not have already been signed. If it was, the actor could be in breach of contract. According to insiders close to the show, the studio has "sweetened the pot" several times. "Everyone wants Tom to be happy," says one insider. "But there's a limit, and it's been reached." It's beginning to look like Lucifer could be over unless a deal is met in the near future.
In February, it was revealed that Netflix and Warner Bros. were looking forward to expanding past Lucifer season 5, which was originally going to be the final season. Not long after that reveal, the studios closed new deals with co-showrunners Ildy Modrovich and Joe Henderson for season 6. Season 5 was in production up until last month when everything in Hollywood was shut down. It's unclear when the cameras will roll again, just like everything else at the moment. Whatever the case may be, it looks like Tom Ellis may be using his free time to get a better deal for Lucifer season 6.
Lucifer is based on the DC Comics character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic book series The Sandman. The character later became the protagonist of a spin-off comic book series. Back when Fox announced the show's cancellation, the fans mobilized and started a social media campaign to get the network to reconsider. It soon became a number one trending topic all over the world, which surprised Tom Ellis and the producers of the show. Less than a month after the Fox cancellation, Netflix announced that they were picking up the series for a fourth season.
Lucifer season 5 is currently in limbo due to the world's current state of affairs. The production started back in September 2019 and it was believed that the first 8 episodes would premiere in 2020. Now, it's looking like 2021 might be a safer bet, depending on when everything is able to get back to some form of normalcy. Until then, it looks like season 5 could end up being the final season after all. We'll just have to wait and see how the contract negotiations go. TV Line was the first to report on the Lucifer contract dispute.