Universal pick up movie rights for ‘Locke and Key’ Comic



Some may recall that a few years back there was very nearly a television series of Locke and Key, which was based on Joe Hill’s popular comic book series, which was published through IDW.

Sadly the TV series never took off, but a pilot was made and actually got shown at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con.

Now it looks like new life has been breathed into bringing Locke and Key to mainstream attention and its all thanks to Universal, who have recently gotten hold of the movie rights for the comic book series.

According to Hollywood Reporter 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, also will produce.

For those not in the know Locke and Key is a supernatural comic book series written by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. The comic tells the story of 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 went on to tell a bi-generational coming of age story, which encompasses heroism and tragedy and thrills and chills.

The graphic novel collections of Locke and Key have appeared numerous times on the New York Times Best Seller list and even hit the coveted number one spot. The comics have garnered Hill and Rodriguez multiple Eisner Award nominations.

Hill who is the son of acclaimed horror novelist 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.

The hope is that the feature film model will give the story the ample canvas it needs.

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.


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