It feels like we’re repeating ourselves, but it seems that finally… finally we’ll be watching a Locke & Key TV series sooner rather than later. We reported two years ago that IDW was developing the Joe Hill/Gabriel Rodriguez comic book into a live action series. Since then, we heard that it would be made for Hulu; but now, Variety announces that Netflix has officially picked it up as a 10-episode series.
Why do we care? Because the comic book is amazing! Variety describes it as “a horror/fantasy that revolves around three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Massachusetts 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.”
Writer Joe Hill will serves as writer and executive producer on the show, which was developed by Carlton Cuse, Meredith Averill, and Aron Eli Coleite with Averill and Coleite joining the series since it came to Netflix. Cuse and Averill will serve as co-showrunners and executive producers. Cuse will executive produce via his Genre Arts banner. Hill and Coleite also wrote the first episode.
IDW’s David Ozer and Ted Adams will also executive produce along with Genre Arts’ Lindsey Springer, Coleite, Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti, and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs of Circle of Confusion. Andy Muschietti directed the original Hulu pilot but is unable to return to direct the Netflix series due to his commitment to IT 2.
Again, Variety reminds us of the long history getting the property to screen: “The series order brings the end to the eight-year saga to adapt Locke & Key for the screen. The show was originally developed as a pilot at Fox before Universal nabbed the rights for a feature adaptation.” I hope the old saying is true that all good things come to those who wait.