Locke Key TV Series

Locke & Key Comic Book Series Is (Again) Eyed for TV Adaptation

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.”

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  1. Ryan M. says:

    The comic book series was one of the best thriller/suspense comic series I’ve read. I was bummed when FOX passed on the series a few years ago. Apparently, the pilot was well received. Hopefully, this time around, “Locke & Key” will get picked up- I think it would do very well on a streaming service like Netflix or Hulu….maybe even Amazon Prime. It would be great to see these well developed characters come alive on the screen.

  2. Robin says:

    I’m not familiar with this comic, but it sounds good. I would tune in.

  3. David Finucane says:

    Never heard of this comic. The premise sounds good. It reminds me of House of Anubis on nick. I’m only 17 so I watched it when I was like 13 or so. Maybe later. But it reminds me of it without the Egyptian mysteries

  4. Cory says:


    I recently just purchased the Locke & Key audio dramatization on Audible and I havent finished it yet but it’s really entertaining. Perfect timing for such news for me personally. I was so upset when Fox passed a few years ago.

    I hope Netflix will take this I’d love to get all the episodes at once.

  5. Delirious says:

    I just wish they released the unpicked pilot from 2011… Loads of unaired/unreleased pilots have eventually leaked, especially for comic book adaptations (Aquaman, Wonder Woman, etc), so it’s weird this one didn’t really come out.

  6. tsevca says:

    If it can be more than parade of disgusting things…