Six years ago, Fox tried to get a television pilot based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s graphic novel series Locke and Key on the air, but the series didn’t pick up. The unaired pilot, written by Josh Friedman (The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, was screened at Comic-Con a few years later, and was generally well received. Kurtzman and Orci later tried to make a movie trilogy happen instead, but that also fell through.
Now, Hulu has taken a stab at the project, ordering a new pilot written by Hill himself, with Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel, The Strain) serving as showrunner. Hill’s series, published by IDW, follows the three Locke siblings (Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode) as they move with their mother Nina across the country to the mysterious Keyhouse, their ancestral home in Maine. But as they adjust to their new lives, the kid discover a series of magical keys that grant them special powers.
Hill shared his excitement about the project on Twitter:
We got a great team on the show. First script all written – everyone seems to like it. I’m expecting @scottderrickson to Rocke & Roll.
— Joe Hill (@joe_hill) April 20, 2017
(Kudos to the Twitter user who suggested “Locke’d and loaded” in response.)
That’s Doctor Strange writer/director Scott Derrickson, who will direct the pilot.