‘Locke & Key’ is getting a second chance at a TV adaptation
Locke & Key is rising from the dead.
The fan-favorite and awards-showered comic series is getting developed for TV again. In a previous attempt to adapt the horror-fantasy series to the small screen, Locke & Key got a pilot greenlit by Fox. The pilot screened at San Diego Comic-Con in 2011 but never aired and never got picked up for more episodes by the network.
Universal also optioned the comic with plans to develop a feature film adaptation with frequent J.J. Abrams collaborators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, but those rights have since lapsed.
IDW, the comic’s publisher, announced Monday that the series’ creator, Joe Hill, is writing a new Locke & Key pilot and will serve as executive producer on the project.
The comic series begins with three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move into Keyhouse, their ancestral home in Massachusetts. There they discover mysterious keys, strange doors, and a supernatural presence in the mansion.
No word yet on what network could be the new home to Locke & Key. IDW Entertainment is developing Locke & Key as a straight to series and will maintain worldwide rights to the project.
Hill, son of Stephen King, is also the author of the short story book 20th Century Ghosts and IDW’s The Cape, Thumbprint, and Wraith. (If you’re curious about Hill’s taste in horror movies, you can check out his list of his top 10 favorite in the genre in HitFix’s Ultimate Horror Poll.)
It’ll certainly be interesting to see how Hill takes a crack at giving Locke & Key a second life on TV. Get your suggestions in now for which mansion can better stand in for Keyhouse than Pennsylvania’s Hartwood Acres.