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Locke & Key finally closing in on a new home at Netflix

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May 30, 2018

Just two months after Hulu passed on the pilot for Locke & Key, the series based on Joe Hill's award-winning dark fantasy comic book may have found itself a new deal at Netflix.

According to Deadline, the streaming giant is wrapping up negotiations with the producers of the show right now — which include Hill himself and Lost veteran Carlton Cuse — to pick up the rights to the property for a full season order.

What that means, however, is that the pilot shot for Hulu, which was directed by Andy Muschietti (Stephen King's It) and starred Frances O'Connor, Samantha Mathis, Danny Glover, and Nate Corddry — along with several cast members from It — will not be what audiences eventually see.

The entire project is going to be redeveloped, and two of the three children at the center of Hill's story will apparently be recast. Muschietti will not be back to direct, either, since he's currently gearing up to direct It: Chapter 2.

The news about Netflix is the latest in a long line of twists and turns for Locke & Key, which refuses to die despite falling short of the launching pad three times now. The first attempt was a pilot produced in 2010 for Fox that was not picked up as a series. That pilot, written by Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (The Amazing Spider-Man), later screened at Comic-Con in 2011.

Orci and Kurtzman next tried to get the tale positioned as a feature film trilogy, but that never panned out either. Cuse and Hill then took over, writing a pilot script that got the green light from Hulu in April 2017. Right before the project had the plug pulled in March, there was a working writers' room, at least half a dozen additional scripts completed, and sets being built -- until the head of Hulu said no.

Locke & Key tells the story of the Locke family, Nina Locke (O'Connor) and her three children, who retreat to their ancestral family home in Maine after Nina is assaulted and her husband is murdered. Once there, the kids discover a set of magical keys that gives them various powers, but also draws the attention of a demonic entity that wants the keys for itself.

At the rate that Netflix is producing content these days, it seems like this new scenario could be the key (pun intended) to bringing Locke & Key to the screen at last.

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