Sometimes American TV networks make really bone-headed decisions and one of the bone-headiest (totally a word) of recent times was Fox passing up on adapting acclaimed novelist Joe Hill’s comic, Locke and Key in 2011. An Eisner Award winning haunted house story, already structured in an episodic format, with Steven Spielberg co-producing alongside Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, a fan favourite show-runner in Josh Friedman and a critically and fan lauded pilot episode directed by acclaimed filmmaker Mark Romanek, dropped because it didn’t fit into your schedule?
Seriously Fox, leave the bath salts alone.
But now, just like the story’s phantasmic characters, it looks like Locke and Key will rise again!
The first rumours actually began last week already over on Latino Review, but has now been confirmed by Orci on his twitter account. Universal Pictures are looking to develop the adaptation not as a TV series (the budget constraints of which had been a bit of a concern), but rather as a trilogy of movies, with Kurtzman and Orci now donning both producer’s and writer’s hats. It’s uncertain whether Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go) would be a contender for director again or any of the pilot’s cast, including Jesse McCartney, Miranda Otto, Sarah Bolger and Nick Stahl, would return for their roles. But judging by all the positive feedback that the pilot received after it was screened at last year’s San Diego Comic Con after the news broke that it wouldn’t be picked up, I wouldn’t be surprised if Universal were to at least call on Romanek again.
For those of you not in the know, Locke and Key is published by IDW and followed the haunted misadventures of the Locke family and their inherited Keyhouse, “an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them…. and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all.”
The comic has been collected in 5 volumes already, and it’s suspected that the first volume “Welcome to Lovecraft” would be used as a basis for the first film.
And here’s the trailer for the original Mark Romanek directed pilot, which is the best we can do seeing as it was never released to the public outside of the Comic Con screening.