One of my favorite modern comics is Joe Hill‘s breathtaking horror-themed “Locke & Key”, which is rich in characters and mythology. It’s been a no-brainer for the small-screen since Fox Television tapped the great Mark Romanek to direct a pilot way back in 2011. The debut episode was shown to a San Diego Comic-Con audience before Fox decided not to move forward with the series.
Last year, Hulu came to the rescue with plans to unlock the series with It director Andy Muschetti at the helm, which sounded as if there were no way in hell they’d close the door on that opportunity. Well, they did, at least according to actress Samantha Mathis who tells Cultured Vultures that Hulu has passed on the series.
“I did a pilot for Hulu called ‘Locke & Key’ but it didn’t get picked up by Hulu,” she told them. “It’s getting shopped around to Amazon and Netflix and Apple and everyone right now. Who knows, maybe that will end up some place.”
Excuse me while I punch a wall in frustration.
“Locke & Key” is an adaptation of the IDW comic by Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. Written by Hill and directed by Muschietti, “Locke & Key” revolves around three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Maine with their mother Nina (Frances O’Connor) only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities. Little do they know, a devious demon also wants the keys, and will stop at nothing to attain them.
Actor Owen Teague (IT, “Bloodline”) was to play the role of Sam Lesser, a violent and deeply troubled adolescent who kills his own father and then goes on the Locke house and shoots the Locke kids father to death, in addition to battering their mother. Teague was the third actor from It to sign on to the horror-fantasy drama, joining Jackson Robert Scott and Megan Charpentier. The pilot also stars Jack Mulhern and Danny Glover.