Back in 2011, we almost got a TV series adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's hit horror comic Locke & Key. The series got a pilot order, the pilot was produced, and then... Fox decided it wouldn't get a series order, leaving fans with nothing but a pilot screening at San Diego Comic-Con. In 2014, it was announced that another adaptation, this time for the big screen, would launch -- but that too seemed to die on the vine. Now Locke & Key is heading for an adaptation again, and the third time will hopefully be the charm.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hulu has just ordered an hourlong pilot episode for a Locke & Key series from executive producer and showrunner Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bate Motel). The pilot will be scripted by Hill, and will be directed by Scott Derrickson, fresh off his success with Marvel's Doctor Strange. We don't know if a series will follow yet, but that is a trio of very heavy hitters.
Locke & Key ran for 40 issues (including one shots) at IDW between 2008 and 2013, selling out its first issue and earning critical praise right from the start. The series is one of the most popular comics IDW has ever published, and it remains a gateway drug for many horror fans hoping to get into comic books.
For those of you still uninitiated, the series follows the Locke children, who move into their ancestral home after their father's murder and discover that, among other things, it plays host to a number of magical keys, as well as a doorway to a demonic dimension discovered hundreds of years earlier. As the children learn all the secrets of the house and its keys, it becomes clear that they are not alone in their knowledge. A dark force also wants control of the keys, and its schemes will put the whole family in danger.
Locke & Key is addictive, scary, fast-paced, and home to a complex mythology that continues to delight both fantasy and horror readers. It's got all the makings of an addictive TV drama, and it looks like the ingredients are all in place to finally make that happen. What do you think? Will Locke & Key make it to series this time?