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‘Locke and Key’ Coming to TV … Again

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Fantasy comic book series Locke and Key has won many awards for its six year series. The dark fantasy comic books have brought great acclaim to both writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. Rights to television and film adaptions have been vied over and abandoned by a number of a companies since before the full series was finished. An audio book was released in 2012 and was just as highly praised as the original graphic novels, also winning a number of awards. In 2014, a film was even announced, though that had fallen through by late 2015. (more…)

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Fans of Daniel Radcliffe will be happy to know that we’ve got some more tidbits from his latest flick, Horns. Oh, it’s also for fans of Joe Hill’s original book, but Radcliffe’s name carries more weight, so we mention him first. All kidding aside, the latest trailer is making the movie look very, very watchable, particularly if you’re into tragic modern fantasy. Scroll on to take a look at the latest poster for Horns as well as the new trailer. (more…)

IDW‘s Locke & Key is a wonderful series for any reader to dive headlong into, but its live action pilot left something to be desired. What’s that? You don’t remember a pilot? Us neither, but that hasn’t stopped Universal from eyeing the property for a feature film trilogy.

An ongoing series since 2008, Locke & Key is the brain child of writer Joe Hill and illustrator Gabriel Rodriguez . It deals with a different story arc every couple of issues. The first arc, Welcome to Lovecraft, was acquired by 20th Century Fox TV and produced by Dreamworks TV and K.O. Paper Products. Locke & Key was greenlit, filmed, and ready to air, but ended up being shopped around to other networks to no avail.
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We’re not rewinding very far here, to be honest, but the material we’re covering is required reading, boys and girls. Locke & Key began its run in 2008 with “Welcome to Lovecraft,” the first in a planned six arc story (we’re nearing the end now). Like its contemporary The Walking Dead, it quickly earned a reputation as a horror comic with more to offer than creepy art and a few choice scares. Written by Joe Hill (You might know him as the author of the novels Heart Shaped Box and Horns and the story collection 20th Century Ghosts; you might not know him as Stephen King’s kid. And before you ask, the answer is no. He’s not getting published because of who his Dad is. This guy has serious game.), it’s a series that’s at once whimsical and fantastically dark, funny and compellingly tragic. It’s a family saga, a haunted house story, a monster-movie style romp, a blood-drenched boyhood adventure and a fairy tale all rolled into one impossible to resist comic book package. Enter “Welcome to Lovecraft,” and enter a world no other comic has ever presented.

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Attention television junkies, Fox is out win or break your heart, depending, of course, on your favorite shows. While their official schedule announcement won’t come until Monday, we’re already hearing what shows made it and what was chopped from their new lineup.

Firstly, Fringe has been renewed, proving it must be a strong show for surviving the deadly Friday night slot. But other Fox shows are not fairing as well. Word is Chicago Code, Human Target, Lie to Me, Breaking In, and Traffic Light are all getting the axe. So, sorry fans of those shows, there just weren’t enough of you. Don’t worry though, you’ll join a proud legion of fans of shows cancelled prematurely by Fox. It’s a pretty hardcore group.

While Fox is cleaning out their under-performing programs they are bringing in new shows; The New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel as a lovelorn teacher and I Hate My Teenage Daughter with Jaime Pressly. They’ve also ordered a Bones spin-off, Finder.

Also on order is a season of Alcatraz, the new J.J. Abrams produced series, which should be great news for all of you mourning Lost but still hooked on Fringe. The series will star Sam Neill and Jorge Garcia and it involves time-travel, cool so far. Alcatraz follows prisoners who in the 1960s disappeared then reappeared today. Which reads simple enough but knowing it comes from Abrams, expect confusion and suspense galore. Sarah Jones is also appearing as an FBI agent tracking down the missing convicts and trying to discover how they traveled through time.

But, the real bummer news is it seems Locke & Key, the show based on Joe Hill‘s graphic novel will not be picked up. Hopefully this show still has chance by being shopped around to other networks, maybe Syfy? Locke & Key is about a family moving into a haunted house so it sounds right up SyFy’s alley, but maybe another cable channel could give the show life.

Whew! There it is, a lot of changes coming to Fox. Hopefully some of these new shows will survive for more than a year. What sounds most exciting to you? I’m definitely intrigued by Alcatraz, anything involving The Rock is fascinating. And no, I’m not talking about Dwayne Johnson, puh-lease. But I am really sad to hear Locke & Key won’t be happening, at least not for a while. Sound off in the comments about what you think about Fox’s changes.

sources: L.A.Times, /Film

The 2011 Eisner Awards Nominees Announced

This week Comic Con International announced the nominees for the 2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. These awards celebrate the very best in comic books and graphic novels for the passed year and are selected by a “blue-ribbon” panel of judges. The Eisner Awards are considered the “Oscars” of the comic book industry and just like the Academy Awards it’s an honor just to be nominated. Or at least that’s what the losers say the day after awards are given. Named for famed cartoonist, Will Eisner (The Spirit) the Eisner Awards have been going strong since 1987.

This year the capes are in the minority for nominees which is surprising since super heroes are all the rage at the movies. Leading with five nominations is Return of the Dapper Men by Jim McCann, artist Janet Lee and published by Archaia. This fantasy book has garnered a lot of great praise and it’s definitely on my list of books I need to check out. It’s been nominated for Best Publication for Teens, Best Graphic Album, Best Writer, Best Artist, and Best Publication Design. Two awesome comic book series are tied with four nominations each, Morning Glories by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma published by Image and Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez published by IDW. I picked up the first issue of Morning Glories on the recommendation of my local comic book purveyor and man am I glad I did! The gripping tale of a group of teenage geniuses sent to a prestigious academy where they’re encouraged to be the thinkers of tomorrow, whether they want to or not. And if they refuse, well, let’s just say the faculty has no issue with a little blood on their hands. Okay, a lot of blood. Morning Glories is fantastic and if you want to catch up now the first arc has been collected in trade. Mike Mignola of Hellboy fame is nominated the most of any creator with five nominations, including cover artist, and DC leads with 14 nominations, the most of any publisher. Granted, they’re nominations also include those of Vertigo and Wildstorm.

The whole list of nominees is below the cut and I really recommend you check them out. The Eisner Nominees is a great way to learn about comics you should be reading. Anything you’re particularly happy was nominated, anything you’re pissed wasn’t recognized? Sound off in the comments.

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