Locke & Key Movie Rights Picked Up At Universal
Whether or not Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's popular comic book series Locke & Key ever makes it to the screen remains to be seen, but if it doesn't, it won't be for lack of trying or interest. Rights to the series were originally acquired at Dimension Films, but then lost to Dreamworks where Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci eventually tried to adapt it for television. It made it to the pilot stage at Fox, but the network eventually passed on it, and the closest it got to the screen was probably the pilot screening at Comic Con in 2011. Last year, Roberto Orci instilled hope in fans of the comic series by confirming that the rumor that it might be headed back toward the big screen for a trilogy was true:
Months later, THR is now reporting that Universal has optioned the series for the big screen. And the hope is that "the feature film model will give the story the ample canvas it needs." It seems likely fans would agree.
Locke & Key begins with three siblings - the Locke kids - moving into their family's home, the Keyhouse, in Massachusetts after their father is murdered. They come to discover that there are magical keys, which offer a variety of powers to the bearers. But there's a "devious creature" also after the keys, which forces the family to take a stand against evil.
THR says Kurtzman and Orci will produce the film, along with Bobby Cohen, through K/O Paper Products. IDW Publishing CEO Ted Adams is also set to produce.
Assuming Universal will get this movie made, it won't be the first Joe Hill adaptation headed to the big screen. The author, who's also known as one of the sons of Stephen King, penned Horns, which was adapted for a feature film, directed by Alexandre Aja and starring Daniel Radcliffe. That's expected to arrive in theaters this fall. Among Hill's other published works are Heart-Shaped Box and his latest book, NOS4A2, a chilling novel, which manages to tap into the creepy side of Christmas. Yes, there's a creepy side to Christmas, and it has sharp, hooked teeth. Gingerbread's never going to smell quite right after reading that one. Thanks, Joe Hill.
Back to Locke & Key, while we wait for more updates on what Universal has planned for the film, here's an idea of what the TV series would have looked like, and Fox picked it up:
Would Locke & Key be better as a TV show or a movie?
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