Last year it looked like a TV series adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel RodrÃguez‘s comic book series Locke & Key was finally going to happen, with Hulu ordering a pilot episode and Doctor Strange and Sinister director Scott Derrickson set to helm that episode. Derrickson eventually dropped out due to scheduling issues and IT and Mama director Andy Muschietti stepped in.
For whatever reasons, Hulu made the surprising decision to pass on the series. The second time that a series based on the comic looked like it was happening and then didn’t. The other being on Fox years ago. But thankfully fans didn’t have to wait nearly as long this time for the show to find a new home. It’s been announced that Netflix has picked up the show. And they’re skipping that pesky pilot episode step and jumping straight to a full-series order.
Netflix has made a 10-episode order for Locke & Key. But they won’t just be picking up where things left off when it was at Hulu and running with that. They plan to re-develop the scripts and also re-cast with new actors.
Locke & Key, written by Joe Hill, is a horror/fantasy series that revolves around three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Massachusetts only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities. Little do they know, a devious demon also wants the keys, and will stop at nothing to attain them.
The IDW Publishing Locke & Key comic book franchise, co-created by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, has garnered both awards and acclaim during its ten-year run; has been translated into dozens of languages across the globe; and has sold millions of copies worldwide.
The series is created, written, and executive produced by Hill.
LOST and The Strain showrunner Carlton Cuse takes on the same role here, but will be joined by a co-showrunner in Meredith Averill, who’s a producer on Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House. Averill also created the CW show Star-Crossed, and wrote and produced episodes of shows like The Good Wife and Jane the Virgin.
Cuse, Averill, and Aron Eli Coleite are developing it.
Though Netflix says they’re re-developing and re-casting, among the show’s producers is Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti, so perhaps he’s still going to direct an episode or two.
No release window for Locke & Key has been announced yet.