It’s been a long journey for IDW’s fan favorite comic Locke and Key. After eight years and multiple outlets, it looks like it’s finally going to have a home.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix is finishing up a deal to bring Locke and Key to a straight to series order. The property is based on Joe Hill’s graphic novel from showrunner Carlton Curse. It’s a horror fantasy series that follows three siblings, who after the murder of their father move into their ancestral home in Maine. There they find that the house has magical keys that give them various powers. But there is also a demon after the keys and he will do whatever it takes to get them.
This move to Netflix will not be using the pilot that was used for Hulu. Instead they will be redeveloping the drama alongside IDW Entertainment using a new cast and director. The director from the pilot presented to Hulu, Andy Muschietti, is unavailable to direct due to the fact that he is busy with It 2, but he will still be getting credit as an executive producer.
This deal comes about two months after Hulu passed on picking up the series, Amazon had also been interested in possibly bringing the series to their streaming service. Sources say that although the new chief content officer Joel Stillerman and Senior VP Craig Erwich wanted to pick up Locke and Key, the new CEO Randy Freer had the last word and insisted on passing on the series.
Like we said the in the beginning, it’s been a long road for Locke and Key. It had originally been developed for a television series on FOX for the 2010-11 broadcast season. It had gotten a pilot and even had a screening a Comic-Con International that had gotten an overwhelming response, but it did not move forward. Universal swooped in and got the rights to the property, but in the end also did not move forward with it. Finally it got another shot in April of 2017 when Hulu picked it up.
With that Netflix adds yet another property to their ever growing catalog of properties for their streaming service. Are you excited to see Locke and Key on the small screen? Let us know in the comment section below!
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter