It took a long time to find the right “key” (eight years in fact), but IDW’s critically acclaimed horror comic book Locke & Key will finally get adapted for television, as Netflix is officially moving forward with the series.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news and have confirmed that the series is a go and will consist of 10 hour long episodes. Netflix will also not be picking up the already-made pilot, written by Joe Hill and directed by Andy Muschietti, as the company will instead recast and redevelop the series.
Additional creative changes include Meredith Averill’s (The Good Wife) hiring as a co-showrunner alongside Carlton Cuse. Aaron Eli Coleite has also come on board as an executive producer and “…did a rewrite on the pilot episode alongside comic creator Joe Hill.”
Earlier this year (according to Deadline), Hulu passed on the pilot …after Hulu’s creative team, who had supported it, had given the project a blinking green light — setting up a full writers room that produced 6-7 backup scripts and having the sets built with everyone ready to go.”
Believe it or not, way back in 2011, Locke and Key reached “the pilot stage at Fox with Josh Friedman writing, Mark Romanek directing, and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci producing alongside DreamWorks TV. While the pilot, starring Sarah Bolger, Miranda Otto and Nick Stahl, did not go to series, the title has remained a cult favorite, with Hill and IDW Entertainment last year announcing that they were taking a new stab at it for television. The unaired Fox pilot also screened at Comic-Con in 2011.”
As detailed in April’s Horror News Network report “The horror comic series was originally published in 2008 by IDW, beginning with the six part mini series “Welcome to Lovecraft”. Six other limited series followed with the last installment, “The Golden Age”, being published in 2016.”
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