After a failed attempt at getting a TV series adaptation going seven years ago, the horror/fantasy comic “Locke & Key” is finally coming to television. According to Deadline, this new stab at the material comes courtesy of Carlton Cuse (“Lost“) and IDW Entertainment and it already has a home: Hulu. The streaming service has given a pilot order for the project, which will result in a one-hour program should it be taken to series.
“Locke & Key” creator Joe Hill has penned the script for the pilot, which will be directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Doctor Strange). Should it receive a full season order, Derrickson is expected to helm multiple additional episodes. This marks the latest horror TV series for Cuse, who is wrapping up both A&E’s “Bates Motel” and FX’s “The Strain” this year. His latest on-going efforts include USA’s “Colony“, which was just renewed for another season, and the upcoming “Jack Ryan” series on Amazon. This project also marks the second adaptation of a Hill property to date, following Alexandre Aja’s 2013 feature, Horns.
What’s “Locke & Key” about? I’m glad you asked…
“Locke & Key” 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.
While I consider myself a fan of Joe Hill’s novels and short stories, as well as his father’s (Stephen King) work, “Locke & Key” is something I have yet to check out. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it over the years and it sounds like something ripe for adaptation. Hopefully it will actually make it to air this time.