Joe Hill’s graphic novel series, Locke & Key, was originally intended as a TV series, and then things got a little messed up and eventually Universal came along and saved it, with plans for a movie adaptation instead.
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.
Collider caught up with Alex Kurtzman this week and asked him about the status of Locke & Key, here is how the conversation went:
Collider: I thought the Locke & Key pilot was amazing. I absolutely loved it, and I was so upset when it didn’t get picked up to series. So, when I recently heard that you wanted to do a feature film version now, I got very excited. How serious are you about that?
ALEX KURTZMAN: We’re going to make a movie! We’re really serious. Absolutely! We’re really, really serious. In fact, we have locked down on a writer who really came up with a brilliant way to take the best of the first couple graphic novels and play out a complete first movie story with a lot of promise of future movies, which is really our goal. But, I am as in love with it as you are. I believe in it so much, and I believe in Joe Hill. All I want is to make that movie.
Can you say who the writer is?
KURTZMAN: I can’t tell you yet. We’re very close, though. Hopefully, it will be out soon. We really loved it, too. But, it will live on as a movie now, and hopefully many.
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.