Kurtzman and Orci Making ‘Locke & Key’ TV Series Instead of a Movie

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Ever the popular writing duo, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci have worked on and continue to work on some of the biggest projects of the last few years. Transformers 1 & 2, Star Trek and its upcoming sequel, Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens and many more. One of the projects they have in the works as producers (NOT writers, as far as we can tell) is an adaptation of Locke & Key, a graphic novel written by Stephen Kings’s son, Joe Hill.

We reported on Locke & Key back in February when it was thought that Kurtzman and Orci would produce an adaptation of the comic as a movie for the big-screen. Either that was a misunderstanding or Kurtzman, Orci and Co. have drastically changed their minds. Either way, it appears that Locke & Key will in fact be made into a TV series and not a movie after all.

Vulture reports the news that Kurtzman and Orci are teaming up with Steven Spielberg (via Dreamworks TV), as well as writer/exec produce Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), to bring Locke & Key to the small screen.

I speculated earlier this year that Kurtzman and Orci might step up to the plate and write the adaptation of the comic. However, Friedman is the one who has signed on to write the script and his involvement will reunite him with Spielberg, who directed his co-written War of the Worlds script. Perhaps Kurtzman and Orci are too busy with other projects to take on the writing job of another TV series, as they already have Fringe and Hawaii Five-0 .

Kurtzman and Orci recently made a huge deal with 20th Century Fox TV, so they will in all likelihood produce Locke & Key along with Dreamworks TV (Dreamsworks and Fox TV recently teamed up for Spielberg’s dinosaur series Terra Nova). I would be quite surprised, then, if Locke & Key didn’t get picked up by Fox. With the folks involved it would be a wasted opportunity for the network not to snag the series.

You might not be familiar with Locke & Key, so to clue you in we’ve included the synopsis and a trailer for the graphic novel:

“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…!”

Maybe it’s because I haven’t read the Locke & Key graphic novel, but at first glance I’m of the opinion that it’s more suited to being on the big-screen rather than being a TV series. Perhaps they’re thinking along the lines of how Fringe is both strange/fantastical (so therefore cinematic) but that it also needs episode-after-episode to tell its expansive story. To anyone who has read the Locke & Key comic: does it need a TV show to truly do it justice?

I’m a fan of the people involved with this particular comic book adaptation so I’ll definitely be checking Locke & Key when it hits the airwaves. Until then, we can look forward to all the promo material for the show that will inevitably be released icon smile Kurtzman and Orci Making Locke & Key TV Series Instead of a Movie .

Source: Vulture

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  1. I have only read the first volume in the series, but I can at least say that it was a very entertaining read. Whether it needs a TV series to do it justice remains to be seen in my view, that is if the later volumes build upon the first books narrative with any real pace. The first book, in and of itself, would make a fine movie I think.

  2. Well, I’ve read the first and second volume. Now, I’ll do my best to avoid any SPOILERS but there may be a hint of them. Fair notice.

    The series protagonists are the Locke family, who move into Keyhouse following a family tragedy. Rather than doors, the instruments of the supernatural in the story are keys, as the title would suggest, and in the second volume we learn there are more than we thought there are in the first story arc. In fact, the second volume of Locke & Key really opens up the story, so a TV series does make a lot of sense.

    I gotta say, Joe Hill has more than a touch of his father’s storytelling, combining realistic characters with outright supernatural evil. This should be a pretty good series.

  3. I’ve read all three volumes and the first issue of the brand new fourth series….

    Locke and Key is by far one of the best comic series I have ever read…

    While I think it will work as a TV series, I have a concern that they made need to tone it down a bit from the gore and dialog some to meet TV guidelines…..but they are making the walking dead into TV and its beyond over the top, so I guess its possible.