Five years after Fox passed on its pilot adaptation of Locke & Key, IDW Entertainment has announced its own plans to bring the comic book series to TV.
Most simply said, Locke & Key concerns a family that, in the wake of the patriarch’s murder, moves from California to Massachusetts. There, the mother and her three kids move into an estate called Key House, so as to be close to the deceased’s brother. Things then get very eerie as a set of unusual keys prove to unlock all sorts of unsettling discoveries within and round the manor, including a well where a mysterious girl is trapped.
The pilot that Fox passed on back in 2011 was penned by Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and counted Mark Pellegrino, Miranda Otto, Jesse McCartney, Sarah Bolger, Skylar Gaertner and Nick Stahl among its cast. Though it died on the vine, the trailer was screened at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con.
This time around, Locke & Key author Joe Hill will write pilot and serve as an executive producer (alongside IDW’s Ted Adams and David Ozer and Circle of Confusion’s David Alpert and Rick Jacobs).
The project is being developed as straight to series, before being shopped to a TV home.
“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,” Hill said in a statement. “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.”