Many comic books properties are no stranger to development hell, the condition of almost permanently being adapted to film or television. Or maybe being developed for film, then television, and then back to film. And on and on it goes until it sometimes it eventually makes it to air. So is this the time for the IDW comic Locke & Key? That remains to be seen, but what we do know now is that the comic has once again been picked up for development as a TV show, this time on the streaming site Hulu. And there are some not-so-insignificant names attached too.
Deadline is reporting that Locke & Key has been ordered as a pilot for Hulu with Lost and The Strain showrunner Carlton Cuse set to serve the same role and be executive producer on the proposed series. Ted Adams and David Ozer from IDW, and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs from Circle of Confusion (co-producers of The Walking Dead) will also be executive producers along with Joe Hill, the writer and creator of the original comic book. For added anticipation, the pilot episode will be directed by Doctor Strange helmer Scott Derrickson.
Now before popping the champagne, let’s keep in mind that Locke & Key quite nearly made it to TV almost six years ago on the Fox Network. No less than Steven Spielberg was a producer behind that effort along with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who had just come off the success of launching Fringe and being the writers behind J.J. Abrams’ reboot Star Trek. The pilot starred Miranda Otto, Sarah Bolger and Nick Stahl, and was written by Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles creator Josh Friedman. Despite getting a positive reception at Comic Con in 2011, the series never made it to air.
Locke & Key is about the seemingly cursed Locke family who move to the family New England estate called Keyhouse (in the ominously titled Lovecraft, Massachusetts) after the murder of the family patriarch. In the house, the Locke kids discover various supernatural trappings including a number of mysterious doors that transforms all those that dare pass through them, and a terrifying creature that may be trying to lure the Locke kids to their doom.
Obviously, there’s no start date yet for the series, but development could start later this year once two of Cuse’s three other series, Bates Motel and The Strain, finish their runs. His other seres, The Colony, was recently renewed for a third season. We’ll have more news about Locke & Key as it becomes available.
Source: Superhero Hype