Could it be? Could Netflix be stepping in to save Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s beloved Locke And Key from a neverending chain of cancelled TV adaptations?
According to THR….maybe! The site claims that Netflix is in negotiations to pick up the most recent incarnation of the show, which got as far as the pilot stage with director Andy (IT) Muschietti attached before being denied the greenlight.
If Netflix closes the deal, the show will get a straight-to-series order, giving it that sweet first season it has been denied for so long, with showrunner and executive producer Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel, Lost) still on board.
However, it won’t be the exact same pilot. Cuse and Hill will be reworking the whole thing, while Muschietti is too damn busy directing IT: Chapter 2 to return as pilot director (he’ll keep his executive producer credit) and the show will reportedly be completely recast (no more Frances O’Connor, Nate Corddry, Samantha Mathis or Danny Glover).
Publishers IDW and Cuse and Muschietti’s agency WME aggressively pursued a new home for Locke And Key after Hulu passed (a decision that is apparently entirely down to new CEO Randy Freer, who decided the show was a no in spite of a lot of enthusiasm), and it looks like they might have found one.
However, we Locke And Key fans have learned to be sceptical of good news when it comes to adaptations, greenlights and broadcasters/streaming services, so we’re going to wait until it’s official to start celebrating. Come on Netflix….it’s the right thing to do.
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