It’s been a long, and frustrating, road for Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke & Key live-action adaptation. For the past, roughly, eight years there have been multiple attempts to bring the gripping horror-fantasy series to the small screen with no success. A pilot was developed (and received critical praise during a screening at SDCC 2011), but FOX decided against picking up the series. Universal then tried their hand at a feature adaptation before moving on, and as recently as May of this year, Hulu passed on the series despite having a cast and crew in place with their OWN pilot filmed….
Now, finally, it seems like the engaging story of the Locke children will finally happen at Netlfix (which feels like a perfect fit). Netflix has ordered 10, one hour long, episodes for a first season. Joe Hill will serve as both writer and executive produce with Carlton Cuse and Meredith Averill handling showrunning duties. Sadly, Andy Muschietti (IT) who directed the Hulu pilot won’t be back on directing duties since he’s busy with IT: Chapter 2, but I’m sure they’ll find some great talent this go around.
While much of the behind the scenes crew will be sticking around on the jump from Hulu to Netflix, it’ll be all new scripts and cast. We still have a little ways to go before finally seeing this story in action, but at least it’s finally happening. If you haven’t read the comic series (which you really should), the story centers on three kids and their mother who, after the brutal murder of their father, return to their familial home where magical keys unlock a variety of powers/abilities. The problem, however, is a demon intent on acquiring all the keys for its own nefarious purposes.