20th Century Fox TV

Failed ‘Locke & Key’ Television Pilot Being Optioned as a Universal Film Trilogy

IDW‘s Locke & Key is a wonderful series for any reader to dive headlong into, but its live action pilot left something to be desired. What’s that? You don’t remember a pilot? Us neither, but that hasn’t stopped Universal from eyeing the property for a feature film trilogy.

An ongoing series since 2008, Locke & Key is the brain child of writer Joe Hill and illustrator Gabriel Rodriguez . It deals with a different story arc every couple of issues. The first arc, Welcome to Lovecraft, was acquired by 20th Century Fox TV and produced by Dreamworks TV and K.O. Paper Products. Locke & Key was greenlit, filmed, and ready to air, but ended up being shopped around to other networks to no avail.

According to a report of the Latino Review, and mixed in with some Guillermo del Toro news, the first of this rumored trilogy adaptation will be written by the screenwriter team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who will also produce. Oddly enough, Kurtzman and Orci were both producers on the failed pilot, so this must be something for them to do in between the payout they’re going to receive for writing The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for Sony.

For those unfamiliar with the series here’s the publisher’s description of the first volume of the series:

Acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill(Heart-Shaped Box) creates an all-new story of dark fantasy and wonder:Locke & Key. Written by Hill and featuring astounding artwork fromGabriel Rodriguez (Clive Barker’s The Great and Secret Show, Beowulf),Locke & Key tells of 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…

And for those of us – if not all of us – that missed the trailer for the failed pilot, here’s your chance to see why this “show” failed:

As a comic book series it’s wonderful and the pilot might have been pretty decent if someone had the courage to pick it up. Our only request for the movie gods is that you keep Nick Stahl in this, we need some funny in between all that angst and ghost talking moments.

Source: Latino Review

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