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Carlton Cuse's Locke & Key adaptation being shopped around after Hulu passes

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Apr 19, 2021, 10:50 AM EDT (Updated)

It has been a rocky road getting the IDW comic Locke & Key to the small screen, and things have just gotten even rockier. Hulu has passed on the pilot for the project, which was adapted by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and directed by Andy Muschietti (It). As such, the agency representing both men is now holding screenings to try and gain new interest.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hulu executives were interested, but CEO Randy Freer "had the final say and insisted on bypassing the drama." Though Hulu greenlit the pilot and "paid to keep the writers' room open long after," reportedly Freer "did not like the show."

William Morris Endeavor (the agency behind Cuse and Muschetti) has banded together with IDW Entertainment, and they have taken it upon themselves to find the series a new home. THR reports that series actress Samantha Mathis has said that the show is being shopped to "Amazon, Netflix, and everyone else right now."

This is only the latest problem to crop up for the property, which was originally developed at Fox in 2010. A pilot featuring Mark Pellegrino and Miranda Otto was made by John Friedman of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, but it did not move forward. A feature film was attempted by Universal (produced by the team of Kurtzman and Orci), but that didn't succeed either. The property did have some success in 2015, when it was adapted into an audio drama by Audible Studios, starring Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager).

Written by Joe Hill, the comic revolves around three siblings who move into their haunted family home in Maine after their father is horribly murdered. Once there, a mysterious set of keys gives them magical powers. Hill collaborated with Cuse on the script for the pilot, and also serves as one of the executive producers.

Who knows where Locke & Key will surface next, but it looks like now that Hulu has some serious prestige behind them (The Handmaid's Tale), they aren't taking any chances. Perhaps Netflix or Amazon will grab those magical keys, and if they don't, there are plenty (seriously, plenty) of other streaming services out there.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)