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Netflix picks up Locke and Key with a straight-to-series order


At last, it seems we may finally be getting a Locke and Key TV show based on the the IDW comic by Joe Hill (Horns) and Gabriel Rodriguez (Little Nemo).

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.

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.

Then in April last year, Hulu ordered a pilot, but did not pick it up.

Today’s news has THR reporting Netflix is near a series-order deal for the drama based on Joe Hill’s graphic novel from showrunner Carlton Cuse. Netflix declined to comment as deals are not done. It does look very promising, but there is a tiny bit of wriggle room for it not to happen!

Sources say Netflix is in talks to license the rights for the IP and redevelop the drama with IDW Entertainment. The Netflix series is not the Hulu pilot. Instead, Cuse and Joe Hill will redevelop the series for the streaming giant with an entirely new cast and new director. Andy Muschietti, who helmed the Hulu pilot, is busy with It 2 and is no longer available to direct. He will still be credited as an executive producer on the Netflix series.

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