locke & key

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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Locke and Key has been bouncing around the Internet the last couple of months with a pilot show trailer based on the hit comic book series. FOX gave it the thumbs down and fans collectively sighed and probably wiped away a tear or two.

(DON”T YOU JUDGE ME! THOSE ARE MANLY TEARS!)

Now much like the Star Trek series pitch idea from a couple of weeks ago, Locke & Key is getting the same treatment. That is . . . it’s getting some “back-ass-wards-hair-dresser-second-cousin’s-boyfriend- said” kinda Internet rumor that the Internet loves with a dark, self loathing, burning passion.

BECAUSE HEY!

IF IT WAS UP ON THE INTERNET,

IT MUST BE TRUE!

Deadline reported:

After Fox passed on the pilot written by Josh Friedman and directed by Mark Romanek, the companies behind it, 20th Century Fox, K/O Paper Products and DreamWorks TV, shopped it to other networks, with Syfy expressing interest but ultimately passing. The studio, faced with mounting costs of keeping the production alive, decided to pull the plug on the thriller, letting the actors’ options to expire on June 30 while signing Friedman in an overall deal. (Friedman has already set up a new project at Fox with a put pilot commitment.) Then IDW, the publisher of the Locke & Key comic, organized a screening of the pilot at Comic-Con in July, followed by a panel discussion with executive producers Friedman, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. And last month, a trailer for the show, presumably cut by Fox in the run-up to the upfronts, leaked online and went viral (video below). Also last month, a DVD of the pilot was given to MTV programming chief David Janollari. I hear he liked it but is yet to meet with the Locke & Key producers, so there has been no real conversation between the two sides. A supernatural thriller would be a major departure for MTV whose current scripted slate consists primarily of high school shows. And many caution that the budget to mount a Locke & Key TV adaptation is likely to be prohibitive for a basic cable network as evident by Syfy’s decision not to pursue the project after crunching the numbers.

WOW!

Some guy in television production may have seen a pilot of a Locke & Key!!!!!

Without some meetings or phone calls going on all there is to report is that MTV:

probably,

possibly,

hopefully,

maybe,

perchance,

conceivably,

feasibly,

take a look at Locke & Key. Don’t get me wrong, this NErdBastard would love to see the shoe make it to television. Isn’t anyone else tired of the same old rumor mills on the Internet that are:

probably,

possibly,

hopefully,

maybe,

perchance,

conceivably,

feasibly,

started by the same people that are trying to build Internet “Buzz” about a project to spark some feeble interest in the project by someone with the actual power to do something?

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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