Joe Hill's comic book series Locke & Key has officially been picked up by Universal Pictures, and they plan to develop it into a feature film. News broke on this about seven months ago, but it looks like everything has fallen into place. Star Trek and Transformers writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will produce it. We previously reported that they would turn the series into a trilogy, but that isn't mentioned in this recent report.
FOX previously had plans to turn it into a TV series, and a pilot was developed, but they decided not to order a full season. The network wanted to focus on their American Horror Story series instead. Kurtzman an Orci also were producers on the TV series, so they're following the project wherever it goes.
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.
This is a great story, and I've been looking forward to seeing an adaptation. Thankfully it looks like things are actually going to move forward on it. Hopefully they hire a solid team of creative talent to bring it to life for the big screen.
Here is the official synopsis of the story 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.