Could Locke & Key's passed-over pilot be rescued by MTV?

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 15, 2012

You can't keep a good pilot down: After Fox passed on the TV adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's supernaturally sophisticated comic book—and Syfy flirted with picking up the expensive show—it seems that MTV is the latest network to think about signing on.

To be clear, that's a really big "could." MTV's programming chief has seen the pilot—written by Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' Josh Friedman and directed by Mark Romanek—and reportedly likes it, but hasn't made any further moves to secure Locke & Key. And it'd be a departure for MTV, which, Teen Wolf aside, hasn't dipped its toes in the genre TV waters since Aeon Flux, lo these many years ago.

Add to that the fact that Fox released the producers and the cast—which included Lord of the Rings' Miranda Otto, Terminator 3's Nick Stahl and Lost's Mark Pellegrino—from their contracts, and one gets a sense of how difficult (but not impossible) it'd be to pull this together. Which is too bad, since what we've seen of the pilot is terrific:

(via Deadline)