Locke And Key TV series pilot switches directors

Scott Derrickson drops out of Locke And Key but another horror veteran is already in place

The upcoming Hulu pilot based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s brilliant Locke And Key is making a swap behind the camera, as Scott Derrickson has dropped out of directing the pilot.

THR reports that Derrickson (Doctor Strange, Sinister, Deliver Us From Evil) was unable to work out his scheduling, as he’s also directing the pilot for TNT’s Snowpiercer TV series.

He’ll be replaced by AndrĂ©s Muschietti, the director of Mama and Warner Bros’ upcoming IT. This is a switch that we can definitely get on board with, as Muschietti’s visual style and love of dark fairytales and urban legends obviously makes him a great fit. He’ll also be coming on as executive producer along with his sister and producing partner Barbara.

If you’ve not read the comics, Locke And Key “is based on the IDW Comics horror/fantasy series that revolves around three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Maine only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers. Little do they know, a devious demon also wants the keys, and will stop at nothing to attain them.”

The live-action adaptation has been a long time coming, and Fox’s pilot back in 2010 is regarded as one of the best opening hours that was never brought to TV.

Lost and Bates Motel‘s Carlton Cuse is on board as showrunner, while Joe Hill himself will be writing the pilot. There’s no word on casting as of yet but it can’t be too far away…

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