Fans of writer Joe Hill’s work are used to waiting a long time to actually see it reach the big screen. An adaptation of Hill’s novel Horns, starring Daniel Radcliffe as a young man who wakes up one day with a pair of horns that compel people to act out their worst desires, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival last fall but still does not have a US release date – despite the fact that the distribution rights were picked up by Dimension and RADiUS-TWC shortly after the premiere.
Another of Hill’s works that has long been trying to make a successful leap off the page is Locke & Key, a comic book series about a widow and her three children who move into an old family home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts, following the death of the children’s father, only to discover that the place has more doors in it than immediately meet the eye. A TV series based on Locke and Key was ordered to pilot by Fox several years ago, and after the network decided to pass on making a full series Universal put a movie adaptation into development.
Locke and Key is being produced by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek), who were also originally attached to write the script as well. Last year Kurtzman revealed that he and his fellow producers had “locked down on a writer” (no pun intended) and the movie was “very close” to being made – and now, THR is reporting that Albert Torres has officially been selected as Locke and Key‘s screenwriter. Torres’ only feature writing credit to date is comedy drama Henry Poole is Here, but he apparently got the Locke and Key writing job after pitching a strong plan for the movie’s script (with franchise potential).
Adapting Locke and Key is a challenging task due to the surreal nature of the series’ mythos and the importance of finding decent young actors to play the young members of the Locke family (including six year-old Bode Locke). The movie will also need a talented director with the right brand of creativity required to bring the story to life. To get a better idea of the premise, check out the trailer for the Fox pilot episode, which covered the first six issues of the comic and starred Miranda Otto as Nina Locke.
In addition to Henry Pool is Here, Torres also worked on a script for an adaptation of Dark Horse comic “The Strange Case of Hyde”, a draft of Akira and a Ben 10 movie – all of which are projects currently stuck in the early stages of development. Hopefully Locke and Key will have better luck getting off the ground in the foreseeable future.
We’ll keep you updated on Locke and Key as development continues.