Things can never just be easy, can they? In any event, the feature adaptation of the Joe Hill comic series Locke & Key may have hit a small TV-sized bump on its way to the big screen. Read on for details.
In an interview with MTV, writer Hill revealed that the adaptation has “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. 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. FOX wants to see some coin on all the money they sank into the pilot in the first place. The lawyers all have to validate their salaries. That said, Alex and Bob are the two most tenacious people I’ve ever met, and if anyone can see ‘Locke & Key’ through the contractual maze and on into production, it’s them. Of course all this could’ve been avoided if FOX had just made the series. I know I’m biased, but I kinda think they bet on the wrong ponies that season.”
Said ponies were “Terra Nova,” “Alcatraz,” and “The Finder,” all three of which were cancelled after a season.
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