The graphic novel series, Locke and Key, has won many awards and has appeared on the New York Times best sellers list numerous times. The popular series was written by Stephen King’s Son Joe Hill, and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez, and fans were teased not too long ago that a TV series might be made out of the comics.
Back in 2010 Dimension had the screen rights to the comics which lapsed, and then writers and producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) came to the rescue. They optioned for a TV series with Dreamworks, but sadly it did not make it past the pilot stage as Fox TV passed on it. However, Orci and Kurtzman continued to shop around.
Now Universal have come in and optioned Locke and Key to be made into a movie, and a possible platform for sequels. Orci, Kurtzman and Bobby Cohen will produce through their Universal based K/O Paper Products banner. Ted Adams, the CEO and publisher of IDW Publishing, the company behind the comic, also will produce.
Executive vp production Jon Mone and creative executive Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for Universal, while Ben Kim will handle development for K/O Paper Products.
The hope is that the feature film model will give the story the ample canvas it needs.
Locke & Key tells of three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Massachusetts. They soon discover the house has magical keys that give the bearers a vast array of powers and abilities. However, a devious creature is also after the keys, forcing the family to make a stand against evil.