Hulu seems to be locking down some great content from the Stephen King clan. In addition to 11.22.63, which hit the streaming service last year, they also have the upcoming show Castle Rock, which serves as kind of a shared universe of some of King’s novels and novellas. It turns out that Hulu is also taking on work from another King: Joe Hill (King’s son). The project in question? the comic book Locke & Key.
Deadline is reporting that the one-hour horror/fantasy series adaptation is getting a pilot order from Hulu, and what’s more, they’ve also locked down a pretty high profile director. The director in question: Scott Derrickson. Most recently, Derrickson helmed the Doctor Strange film for Marvel Studios, but it can’t be forgotten that he has his roots in horror. Before he moved over to the MCU, he did such films as The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister, and Deliver Us From Evil.
Given the horror nature of the project, we think he’s a solid choice. The project comes from the minds of both Hill and Carlton Cuse, the man behind Bates motel. Cuse developed the series with Hill, and Hill wrote the script. Interestingly enough, this doesn’t sound like your average director for hire situation. Once the script was finished, they sent it to one director — Derrickson — who jumped on the project immediately. Should the series get past the pilot, Derrickson is expected to helm multiple episodes.
From the sound of it, the adaptation had interest from multiple networks before finding its home at Hulu, which likely bodes well for its quality.
“Locke & Key revolves around three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Maine only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities. Little do they know, a devious demon also wants the keys, and will stop at nothing to attain them.”
Sounds pretty interesting, and if you’re interested to get a flavor before the show hits Hulu, there are six volumes of the comic available.
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