It’s been a bumpy road to the screen for Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke & Key. First a TV pilot, directed by Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go), penned by Star Trek duo Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and starring the likes of Ksenia Solo, Sara Bolger, Mark Pellegrino, Jesse McCartney and Nick Stahl was made but never picked up. Then Universal announced plans for a film adaptation in 2014, although ultimately nothing was done with this and the rights lapsed. Now, however, it looks like it’s back on, with IDW Publishing confirming as much in a press release.
Hill himself is directly involved as executive producer, where he will work alongside Ted Adams and David Ozer from IDW Entertainment, and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs from Circle of Confusion (The Walking Dead) will also serve as executive producers.
All in all, we have to say that we’re happy with the news. The original pilot not getting picked up seemed like a strange decision at the time considering the reception it received, but with the current TV climate being far more friendly towards fantasy adaptations, we fancy its chances better this time round. Furthermore, with such a rich, sprawling story and relatable characters, it suits the medium perfectly.
On the news, Hill said, “I love this story… The seven years I spent working on Locke & Key was the happiest creative experience of my life and there still isn’t a day when I don’t think about those characters and miss visiting with them. The six books of the series are very like six seasons of a cable TV series and so it feels only natural to bring that world to the little screen and to see if we can’t scare the pants off viewers everywhere.”
Ozer added“Having Joe at the helm of the pilot ensures that the series will hold true to the brand that fans around the world have come to love. Locke & Key is a true global franchise.”
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