Locke & Key Now Heading to the Big Screen via Universal
After being teased with a TV adaptation of the popular comic Locke & Key that failed to materialize beyond a pilot, word has now come that Universal has picked it up to develop as a feature film.
Per THR's Heat Vision Blog, 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, will also produce.
Written by Joe Hill and featuring astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them.... and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all...
Hollywood has been trying to adapt Locke & Key for several years now. Dimension had the screen rights initially, and when they lapsed in 2010, Kurtzman and Orci, the superstar writers whose work includes Star Trek, Transformers, and "Fringe," jumped in. The property then became a Fox TV series produced by DreamWorks TV and K/O Paper Products, but Fox ultimately passed on it. The producers tried to shop it around, but budgetary constraints were an issue. The hope now is that the feature film model will give the story the ample canvas it needs.
Executive VP of 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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