The Locke & Key pilot directed by Mark Romanek is one of genre fandom’s most beloved “what ifs”, cruelly not picked up Fox despite being absolutely wonderful, and subsequently consigning Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s brilliant graphic novel series to years and years of development hell as it tried to find a new home.
Now, it’s finally getting another go at a TV series thanks to Hulu. EW reports that a pilot order has been given to a script written by Hill himself, while Doctor Strange‘s Scott Derrickson will direct. The filmmaker will produce alongside Bates Motel and Lost‘s Carlton Cuse, who will be acting as showrunner.
If you’re not in the know, “Locke & Key is a 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 and abilities. Little do they know, a devious demon also wants the keys and will stop at nothing to attain them.”
Hill took to Titter to share his excitement:
We got a great team on the show. First script all written – everyone seems to like it. I’m expecting @scottderrickson to Rocke & Roll.
— Joe Hill (@joe_hill) April 20, 2017
(How lucky am I that I get to work with @scottderrickson???)
— Joe Hill (@joe_hill) April 21, 2017
It’s so great to see Locke & Key finally moving forward, with some heavyweight talent behind it, no less. We had got our hopes up back in 2014 when it was announced that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci were working on a film trilogy based on the comics until that fell apart. Still, we should remember that this is still just the pilot stage. We’ve been before with Hill projects…remember Darkside? Ah screw it, we’re very, very excited.
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