Television Will Soon Be Under ‘Locke & Key’
Son of acclaimed horror writer Stephen King and a successful horror author of his own, Joe Hill collaborated with illustrator Gabriel Rodriguez from 2008-2013 on a H.P. Lovecraft inspired comic book series that tells of Keyhouse, a New England mansion with dark secrets and a creature that wants out. It was a successful series that won multiple awards, so no one was surprised when studios picked up rights for an adaptation.
Dreamworks even went so far as to film a pilot for Fox, back in 2011, which was ultimately passed on. Universal then optioned the series for a three-part trilogy, but the rights have since lapsed. IDW Entertainment swooped in and finally announced today that the beloved comic series, Locke & Key, is headed to television. No premiere date has been set yet.
We’ll update your as more details unfold, but for now we have more exciting horror television on the horizon.
Locke & Key has garnered both awards and acclaim during its five-year run. Following the titular Locke family as they encounter magic beyond belief and evils beyond redemption, Locke & Key quickly won over readers and has since become a staple in introducing new readers to the medium. With the series adapted in dozens of languages across the globe and more than a million copies sold worldwide, Locke & Key is an obvious choice to make the transition to the screen.
New York Times bestselling author Joe Hill has continually captivated readers through his gripping novels and award-winning comic series. Bursting onto the scene with his debut collection of short stories 20th Century Ghosts, Hill has continued to thrill audiences with the novels Heart-Shaped Box, N0S4A2, and Horns, adapted into a feature-length film in 2013 starring Daniel Radcliffe. His forthcoming novel The Fireman debuts later this month. In addition to Locke & Key, his comic series The Cape, Thumbprint, Wraith, and the upcoming series Tales from the Darkside have all been published by IDW.
“I love this story,” said Hill. “The seven years I spent working on Locke & Key was the happiest creative experience of my life, and there still isn’t a day when I don’t think about those characters and miss visiting with them. The six books of the series are very like six seasons of a cable TV series, and so it feels only natural to bring that world to the little screen and to see if we can’t scare the pants off viewers everywhere.”
Ted Adams and David Ozer from IDW Entertainment and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs from Circle of Confusion (“The Walking Dead”) will serve as executive producers along with Joe.
“Having Joe at the helm of the pilot ensures that the series will hold true to the brand that fans around the world have come to love. Locke & Key is a true global franchise,” said David Ozer, President of IDW Entertainment.
IDW Entertainment is developing Locke & Key straight to series and will maintain worldwide rights to the project.