LOCKE & KEY Film Still Possible; Fox’s TV Pilot Is Holding It Up


idw-publishing-locke-key-omega-issue-1For some time now, a film centered on Joe Hill’s popular Locke & Key series has been in the works at Universal. The biggest problem with getting the film made is because Fox has an un-aired pilot, that is supposedly really good, that they passed on, but still may release. Universal isn’t too keen on dropping tens of millions of dollars on a feature film, possibly a trilogy, only to have a three-year-old television pilot come in and steal the thunder. Apparently, Fox is thinking there is a way to make some money off the pilot. Not sure how though.

Joe Hill recently chatted with MTV regarding the CW adaptation of his series Tales From The Darkside, now simply being called Darkside. During the conversation, Hill was asked about the status of the Locke & Key production, which super-producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are taking charge on. Hill gives a bit of an explanation on where things stand.

“It’s been snared in an endless series of contractual negotiations. Universal took a long, long time to come through with an acceptable contract for myself and IDW,” said Hill. “Now they’re dealing with a bureaucracy as labyrinthine and implacable as their own: FOX TV. Uni wants to avoid spending $25 million on a movie, and then have FOX steal their thunder by releasing a three-year-old pilot.

Hill goes on to say that Orci and Kurtzman are extremely tenacious, as their resume will tell you, and that if anyone can get the film into production, it will be them. As I mentioned earlier, the Locke & Key pilot that Fox passed on is said to be pretty good. What did the network pick up in its place, you ask? Terra Nova, Alcatraz, and The Finder, all of which were canceled after just a single season. As Hill states,“I know I’m biased, but I kinda think they bet on the wrong ponies that season.”

We’ll be sure to keep you up to date on this project, as it has a ton of potential to be a great film, or even series. b

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