The Lock & Key TV series that was developed by director Mark Romanek and produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will not be showing up on TV anytime soon. FOX dropped the project to focus on American Horror Story, but it's not dead yet!
According to Latino Review, Universal Pictures has picked up the IDW published comic and they plan on bringing it to the big screen instead, as a trilogy!
The comic was created by Joe Hill, son of Stephen King, and the story follows "Nina Locke and her three children as they move to Keyhouse, the family home in Lovecraft, MA to recover from an unspeakable horror. Keyhouse is a mysterious New England mansion with fantastic and transformative keys that are hidden inside its walls. The keys are being are being sought after by a sinister and relentless creature with ties to the family's past who will stop at nothing to accomplish its goals."
I was looking forward to the series, but now I can look forward to the movie! The movie will also be produced by Kurtzman and Orci, but there's no word on if they plan to bring the director and cast of the TV series over to the film, but I doubt it.
This will be the second haunted house type movie being developed at Universal next year. They are also developing a Guillermo del Toro scripted movie called Crimson Peak, that he is also set to produce, but not direct. According to the site, the movie "does for Haunted Houses what Wonder did for bread." Del Toro has got a lot of great stuff going for him right now.
Lock & Key should make for a solid movie, and I'm excited to see how it turns out and who they bring on to develop it!
Here is the official synopsis from the publisher:
Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them…. and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all…! Acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box) creates an all-new story of dark fantasy and wonder, with astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez. Hill has received the Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction Collection, the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection and Best Short Story, and the Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award-2007, among his growing collection of critical accolades.
Locke & Key was nominated for Best Limited Series and Joe Hill was nominated for Best Writer at the 2009 Eisner Awards. Check out the trailer for the graphic novel below.