We were excited to learn back in April that Hulu was going forward with a small screen adaptation of “Locke & Key,“ the IDW comic by Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. Hulu gave a pilot order for the one-hour horror/ fantasy drama, with Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Doctor Strange) attached to direct.
But Deadline reports today that Derrickson is out, citing a scheduling conflict with his work on TNT’s “Snowpiercer.” Taking Derrickson’s place will be Andy Muschietti, the man behind Mama and this year’s new adaptation of Stephen King’s IT.
Yes, after adapting Stephen King, Muschietti is now adapting King’s son!
The project revolves around three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Maine 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.
“Locke & Key” comes from Hill, Carlton Cuse (“Bates Motel,” “The Strain”) and IDW Entertainment. Cuse, who serves as showrunner, developed the series with Hill, who wrote the script on spec.
Cuse is executive producing with Hill; Muschietti’s sister, Barbara Muschietti; Lindsey Springer of Carlton Cuse Prods.; Ted Adams, CEO of IDW Media Holdings; and David Ozer, President of IDW Entertainment.
Mark Romanek previously directed the pilot episode of a previous iteration of a “Locke & Key” TV series. It was screened at SDCC 2011 and never seen again.