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Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke & Key is getting another chance as a TV show


Hulu has given a pilot order to Locke & Key, an adaptation of the IDW comic by Joe Hill (Horns) and Gabriel Rodriguez (Little Nemo). Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) is set to direct.

Locke & Key follows Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode Locke as they discover that their family’s ancestral home features doors to other dimensions that can be unlocked with special keys hidden throughout the house. Fox actually filmed a pilot episode of Locke & Key which was very well-received in limited screenings after the project was abandoned.

According to Deadline, Derrickson is expected to stay with the show for the first season and direct multiple episodes before going on to the Doctor Strange sequel.

Cuse developed Locke & Key with Hill who wrote the script. Cuse will also be the showrunner.

“I love this story,” said Hill. “The seven years I spent working on Locke & Key was the happiest creative experience of my life and there still isn’t a day when I don’t think about those characters and miss visiting with them. The six books of the series are very like six seasons of a cable TV series and so it feels only natural to bring that world to the little screen and to see if we can’t scare the pants off viewers everywhere.”

Locke & Key previously reached the pilot stage back in 2010 at Fox with Josh Friedman writing, Mark Romanek directing, and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci producing alongside DreamWorks TV. That version starred Sarah Bolger, Miranda Otto and Nick Stahl, but did not go to series.

There is currently no word on who will be starring in this new pilot.

The project comes from Hill, Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel, The Strain) and IDW Entertainment.

As well as the comic books, it has been turned into a 13 hour radio play featuring Tatiana Maslany, Haley Joel Osment, and Kate Mulgrew.

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