Universal Hires Writer for Locke & Key Movie

Locke & Key are among some of my favorite comics.  They don’t feature any superheroes, but it’s a powerful story about dealing with loss, the supernatural, and figuring out what it means to grow up.  If you haven’t read it, the series from Joe Hill has wrapped up and all six graphic novels are available for purchase. I highly recommend them.

As such, I’m pretty excited to hear that Universal (thanks to THR for the scoop) have hired a writer for their big screen adaptation of the series: 

Albert Torres has been tapped to write Locke & Key, Universal’s adaptation of the award-winning supernatural comic book series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Bobby Cohen are to produce as is Ted Adams, the CEO and publisher of IDW Publishing, the company behind the comic.

Torres wrote the 2008 Luke Wilson dramedy Henry Poole is Here and is now tackling heavy-hitting tentpoles. He worked on a draft of Warners’ Akira and Silver Pictures’ Ben 10 as well as Hyde, an adaptation of a Dark Horse comic from Paramount and Skydance.

I’m hopeful.  I really am.  It’s not the traditional comic book and has the potential to move the comic book genre forward like never before.  That, or it could really suck.  Let’s just hope for the former.  What do you guys think, are you excited about seeing Locke & Key on the big screen?