Some amazing news breaks this evening as it has been confirmed that Netflix has closed a deal for a 10 episode adaptation of Joe Hill’s Locke & Key, the long-running horror/fantasy comic from Carlton Cuse and IDW Entertainment. The series was originally going to be a Hulu original but the streaming service passed on a pilot back in March. Netflix will be starting from scratch, opting not to use existing material but instead to go through rewrites as well as re-casting the series, per Deadline.
Cuse and Hill will remain on the creative side of the show while Aron Eli Coleite and Meredith Averill will be executive producers. Cuse and Averill will be the series’ showrunners. Andy Muschietti, who directed the Hulu pilot, will remain as an executive producer along with his sister, Barbara.
In the comics, after the murder of their father, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode Locke relocate with their mother to the family estate of Keyhouse, located in Lovecraft, Massachusetts. Their father’s murderer is able to communicate with a spirit that promises to free him. Meanwhile, the three siblings begin finding keys that, when used on the doors in their home, open to passages, and opportunities, that weren’t there before.
While only 10 episodes have been confirmed, Netflix has proven that their original shows generate a lot of buzz and horror has been killing it the past several years. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if a second season is approved before the first season hits the streaming giant. In the meantime, we’ll just have to wait to see what comes of this as it’s going to take a while to rewrite the series, get a new cast, and go through production.