Will Locke and Key ever get its television dues? It’s reported that showrunner Carlton Cuse and director Andy Muschietti have been holding screenings for a pilot based on the best-selling comic series. Hopefully, it’s not the ill-fated 2011 pilot.
Locke and Key is a horror/fantasy series that revolves around three siblings (Jack Mulhern, Megan Carpentier, Jackson Robert) who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Maine only to find the house has magical keys that give them an array of powers. Little do they know, a devious demon also wants the keys, and will stop at nothing to attain them.
It’s reported that Hulu has passed on the series, even though chief content officer Joel Stillerman and senior VP Craig Erwich — who greenlit the pilot — wanted to pick up the drama but new CEO Randy Freer had the final say and insisted on bypassing the drama. FYI Randy Freer comes from a sports business background *hard eye roll*
Sources say Freer ultimately did not like the show after sources say Hulu paid to keep the writers’ room open long after the pilot. Seven scripts have already been completed. Hulu declined to comment.
WME and IDW have teamed up to set up screenings of the pilot for multiple outlets. Locke and Key is being shopped to “Amazon, Netflix, and everyone right now” after Hulu’s pass.
In May 2016 IDW Entertainment CEO Ted Adams and president David Ozer teamed with Circle of Confusion to take a new stab at a small-screen take. The drama was taken out to buyers and landed at Hulu with a pilot order in April 2017, with the streamer edging outlets including Netflix, HBO, and FX for the project from showrunner Cuse and Hill attached to pen the script.
Comic creator Hill and Cuse collaborated on the pilot script and exec produce alongside Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti and Lindsey Springer, who serves as head of Cuse’s production company. Ozer, Adams, and Hill also exec produce for IDW. The cast includes Nate Corddry as the children’s uncle.