Universal has optioned Locke & Key, the absolutely incredible acclaimed supernatural comic book series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, to develop as a feature film, the Hollywood Reporter writes.
“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.”
The stories expanded to tell a bi-generational coming-of-age tale that encompasses heroism and tragedy, and thrills and chills.
Hill, who is the son of Stephen King and the author of such horror novels such as “Heart-Shaped Box” and the recent “NOS4A2,” won an Eisner for best writer, and the series has twice won the British Fantasy Award for best comic/graphic novel.
Hollywood has been trying to adapt Locke & Key for several years now. Dimension had the screen rights initially, and when they lapsed in 2010, Kurtzman and Orci, the superstar writers whose work includes Star Trek, Transformers and “Fringe”, jumped in.
The property became a TV series, with a never-seen pilot, produced by DreamWorks TV and K/O Paper Products, being shot for Fox TV, which ultimately passed on it (it screened once at the San Diego Comic-Con). The producers tried to shop it around, but budgetary constraints were an issue.
The hope is that the feature film model will give the story the ample canvas it needs.
Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Bobby Cohen will produce via their Universal-based K/O Paper Products banner. Ted Adams, the CEO and publisher of IDW Publishing, the company behind the comic, will also 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.