Joe Hill’s Locke & Key has had a rough time trying to get adapted into both a TV series and a film franchise. Back in 2010 there was an attempt to get a Locke & Key series off the ground. Fox even produced a series pilot that premiered at Comic-Con in 2011, but it never got a series order. Then in 2014, a feature film trilogy was in development at Universal Pictures with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Nothing happened with that either. Now there’s another attempt to develop a series and this time it’s through IDW Entertainment. Hill has come on board to write the pilot and be an executive producer of the series. When talking about the project, Hill said:
“I love this story. 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.”
Locke & Key tells the story of Nina Locke and her three children, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode, who survive an unspeakable horror and attempt to rebuild their lives at Keyhouse, their family home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts. It is a mysterious New England mansion, with fantastic and transformative keys hidden inside its walls that are also being sought by a hate-filled and relentless creature with ties to the Locke family’s past who will stop at nothing to accomplish his sinister goals.
This is a great comic series, and hopefully, this time around something actually happens with it. It’s good to know that Hill and the publisher haven’t given up on trying to make this series happen.