Universal Breathes New Life into Locke & Key Franchise


locke-key-1-welcome-to-lovecraft-hc-w-logosJoe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s popular comic book series Locke & Key has had a rough go in regards to being adapted to the big screen. Originally, Dimension films had purchased the rights to bring the series t the silver screen, but it eventually landed at DreamWorks, where Hollywood heavyweights Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci attempted to bring the series to life in the form of a television series. The project made it to pilot stage, which you can view a trailer below, but Fox opted not to pick it up. Last we heard, sometime last year, Orci responded to a rumor that the project was headed back to the big screen in the form of a trilogy, saying that the rumor was indeed true.

Today, it’s being reported that Universal has acquired the rights to Locke & Key for a new feature film. The idea is that a full length feature would “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, CEO of  IDW Publishing, will also serve as producer.

Locke & Key tells of three siblings who move back to their ancestral home in Massachusetts  after their father is brutally murdered. The family soon learns that the house has magical keys that gives the holder a variety of powers and abilities. However, there is also a devious creature who is also after the keys and the family must band together to take on the evil threat. The series has proven to be very popular, having appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list several times, even hitting the #1 spot. Joe Hill comes from horror royalty being the son of Stephen King and he, along with Gabriel Rodriguez have won numerous awards with Lock & Key.

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Source : THR