Locke & Key fans have been teased for YEARS with a TV show, then a movie, then a TV show again. Back in 2011 a pilot was made for FOX of the cult favorite comic series, starring Jesse McCartney (of all people), but was never picked up by the network. There were then rumors of a movie being made with Universal producing. Unfortunately, Universal didn’t end up going anywhere with the film for fear of FOX suddenly figuring out the market for their series and airing the pilot. There was a bunch of other legal stuff, but no one actually cares. Bottom line, the movie never got made and as of May 2016, the movie has been sitting in production limbo.
Fast forward to now and Hulu has come through as the newest company – after a hard fought money war with Netflix, HBO, and FX – to hopefully bring this outstanding comic book to life. Here’s what we know.
Carlton Cuse is developing a pilot episode for Hulu with Lindsey Springer, Scott Derrickson, and original author Joe Hill as executive producers. So far we are off to a really good start. Cuse, who would function as showrunner, has a huge list of TV hits under his belt. He was the co-showrunner of Lost, as well as showrunner of Bates Motel and The Strain. Derrickson most notably and most recently directed Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Locke & Key finally looks like it has some real professionals that will bring Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s beautifully twisted, horror mystery to life. Ted Adams, CEO of IDW Media Holdings, and David Ozer, President of IDW Entertainment will both serve as executive producers as well.
If you haven’t read the comic, there’s really no good way of explaining it to you, but I highly recommend you read it. The story is set in Lovecraft, Massachusetts, where the Locke family moves after the grizzly murder of their father. The three children, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode discover that there are keys hidden around the family home they move to that can do many magical things, but of course, they aren’t the only ones seeking the keys. They must uncover the history of the keys of the house as well as the history of their father in order to save themselves.
I’m sorry that was so vague, but you really have to read it. It’s a wild ride, and fans of the comic can only hope that the third time’s the charm and we get everything this comic deserves in the upcoming streaming version. There is much hope for this series as Cuse worked directly with Hill on the script.
There is no release date yet, but be sure to check back to GEEK for updates. This is definitely a favorite of the staff here and we’ll be updating you with news quickly. As soon as we know, you’ll know!
Source: AV Club