The IDW comic series, which was previously filmed as a pilot for a FOX show, follows the Locke family as they return to their ancestral home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts after the death of their father.
The comic has been released in six installments: Welcome to Lovecraft, Head Games, Crown of Shadows, Keys to the Kingdom, Clockworks and Alpha & Omega, which is to be collected later this year. Following two generations of the Locke family, the story centers around the Lovecraft Manor, which possesses many secrets, all of them unlocked by a series of keys scattered around the house. Each key imbues its user with certain powers: they allow the children to turn into ghosts, open their heads and pull out memories, fly, grow to gigantic sizes, and travel through time.
The film has been optioned by Universal, with Star Trek and Transformers writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci set to produce, along with Ted Adams, the CEO and publisher of IDW Publishing, which is behind the comics.
The series comes from author Joe Hill, who’s recently released his later novel, NOS4A2 (our review here), and his one of the best speculative writers on the market right now.
It will be interesting to see how well a film of the comics will work. Certainly, the budgetary constraints that held back the television show would potentially be eliminated, which is a crucial factor, given the scale of the show and the action required. But, the episodic nature of a television show seems like it would fit the ongoing nature of the comic. Still, a Locke and Key series, one film for each graphic novel would be something to see. We’re a huge fan of the comics, which are dark, brutal at points, but extremely well written and plotted out. We’ve got high hopes for this one.