After nearly five years, it looks like the television adaptation of Locke & Key might finally be coming to a screen near you.
The Hollywood Reporter announced that Universal’s K/O Paper Products has picked up the rights to the series, based on IDW’s Locke & Key graphic novels, created by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. The pilot will be produced for television by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Ender’s Game, Alias, Fringe), Bobby Cohen (Revolutionary Road, Memoirs of a Geisha), and – promising for fans of the original comic – Ted Adams, the CEO and publisher of IDW.
Locke & Key has been stuck in development hell since, after attempting to produce a feature film, Dimension Films let their rights to the series lapse. In February of 2010, Dreamworks picked up Locke & Key and first attached Kurtzman and Orci to the project, as well as nabbing Steven Spielberg in a producer role. Josh Friedman signed on as show-runner, and a pilot was developed for 20th Century Fox Television. Starring Miranda Otto, Sarah Bolger, Nick Stahl, Jesse McCartney, and Ksenia Solo, and directed by Mark Romanek, the pilot was filmed at a mansion in Pennsylvania. Surprising no one, in May 2011 Fox announced that they were dropping the project. The pilot was later screened at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, and received positive reviews from an audience of fans.
A comic for anyone who loves a good scary movie, Locke & Key follows the three Locke children as they move into their ancestral home, “the Keyhouse,” with their mother after their father passes away. They quickly discover that the house is haunted in its own special way and darkness, magical keys and hell demons follow closely behind. The series has been number one on the New York Times Bestseller list, and received multiple Eisner Award nominations. Here’s hoping the Locke & Key series finally makes it out of the Keyhouse alive!