‘Locke & Key’ Has a Screenwriter; Alex Kurtzman Wants Multiple Movies

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Though the current comic book movie revolution might be most heavily favoring superheroes and caped crusaders (and comic book adaptations that fall outside those categories haven’t quite been met with the same success), fans of comic book writer and novelist Joe Hill have plenty of reasons to hold out hope for a movie based on his dark fantasy series Locke & Key. Not the least of these is that Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote and and produced a pilot episode of a TV show based on the comics, is apparently still pushing hard to bring an adaptation to life.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that this project was stuck in development hell, as it’s been almost a year since we heard word that Kurtzman was co-writing the screenplay for Locke & Key with Roberto Orci (Star Trek). Although both writers are currently occupied with a number of different projects, Kurtzman has given his assurances that Locke & Key is still a priority.

In an interview with Collider, Kurtzman talked enthusiastically about the development of Locke & Key and even revealed that he and Orci have found a new screenwriter to work on an adaptation of the script. Not only that, but the writing and producing partners are interested in making multiple films based on the Locke & Key comics:

“We’re going to make a movie! We’re really serious. Absolutely! We’re really, really serious. In fact, we have locked down on a writer who really came up with a brilliant way to take the best of the first couple graphic novels and play out a complete first movie story with a lot of promise of future movies, which is really our goal.  But, I am as in love with it as you are. I believe in it so much, and I believe in Joe Hill. All I want is to make that movie… We’re very close…  Hopefully, it will be out soon. We really loved it, too. But, it will live on as a movie now, and hopefully many.”

Kurtzman and Orci’s pilot for a Locke & Key TV show was originally commissioned by Fox, with Miranda Otto as as Nina Locke, Sarah Bolger as Kinsey, Jesse McCartney as Tyler and Skylar Gaertner as Bode. A lucky few people got to see the pilot at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 and it seemed to be almost universally liked by those who attended the screening, which makes it all the more tragic that Fox eventually turned down the series, as did the other networks that were approached. Though it’s not possible to watch the pilot anywhere, if you’re in the mood for torturing yourself about what might have been, you can check out the trailer online.

Skylar Gaertner as Bode in the unaired Locke and Key pilot Locke & Key Has a Screenwriter; Alex Kurtzman Wants Multiple Movies

Skylar Gaertner as Bode in the unaired ‘Locke & Key’ pilot

One factor that might spark a greater amount of interest in Locke & Key is the impending release of another film based on Hill’s works, Horns, which stars Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) in the lead role as a young man with a troubled life who one day sprouts devilish horns with mind-manipulating powers. Meanwhile, Locke & Key is about a widow and her children who move into an old family home after the death of the kids’ father, only to find many strange goings-on in the town of Lovecraft, Massachusetts, and a strange and scattered collection of keys that open more than just ordinary doors.

Whether or not Kurtzman and Orci will successfully be able to turn Locke & Key into a multiple-movie franchise, however, will depend strongly upon the box office performance of the first film. With that in mind, it will be interesting to find out whether the script is being written with a PG-13 rating or if it will be transferred to the screen with all its darker moments intact.

Fans of Hill’s Locke & Key comics, tell us who your dream cast would be for the film and which screenwriter you’re hoping Kurtzman and Orci have chosen to write the screenplay. If you managed to see the pilot episode of Locke & Key at Comic-Con two years ago, tell us what you liked about it and what you think should be changed to fit the movie format.

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Locke & Key is still in early development, but we’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Source: Collider

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  1. Next time tell us a basic premise for something not so mainstream.

    • Like this?

      “Locke & Key is about a widow and her children who move into an old family home after the death of the kids’ father, only to find many strange goings-on in the town of Lovecraft, Massachusetts, and a strange and scattered collection of keys that open more than just ordinary doors.”

      • Amazing when people can’t read, isn’t it?

        That’s two articles about Hill’s work in quick succession, I take it he’s a very happy man at this point that two of his works are being talked about concurrently.

        • I nabbed both stories as soon as they come up. ;-) Big fan of his writing.

          • Haha, I could tell.

  2. That pilot was terrible.
    The characters were all wrong.
    I don’t know who I would cast but the cast they picked was just blah.

  3. Judging by the trailer, the TV show would’ve been a poor representation of the comic. As a massive fan, I’m really glad it didn’t happen.

  4. YES! I want a good Locke & Key movie in my life! This needs to happen :D
    I love the comics and it sucks that they are almost finished with the story but it’s sooooooooo good! I need this in mah live right now. But….the pilot did have a bad choice of actors so I’m going to approach this with caution.

  5. You can’t do it justice on television. It’s just too epic.

  6. I’d go as far to say it’s the best comic ever published. It literally has everything.

  7. I’m not going to lie, I think Angelina Jolie would make a good Nina Locke. Now don’t get me wrong, but I think she can pull of the alcoholic kinda crazy mom thing. As for Tyler, Jesse McCartney would NOT be a good pick for me. Maybe Chris Zylka as Tyler(maybe). For Kinsey I would get AnnaSophia Robb. For Bode I would choose Thomas Horn(maybe). For Dodge…That’s a hard one. I don’t know any for dodge :/

  8. I think they’re going to have to compromise a lot of the horror to get this made though….. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

  9. There needs to be fear agent movies and a scalped series on HBO

  10. Re: illustration at top of article: Now that’s a headache!

  11. Hopefully, for fans of the series sake, it’s not Damon Lindelof they found to write it.

    • Locke & Key is my favorite comic and Lost is my favorite tv show. I would be perfectly fine with this.

  12. Judging by the trailer, the TV show would’ve been a poor representation of the comic. As a massive fan, I’m really glad it didn’t happen.

    • Umm…that’s what I said. Creepy.

  13. Love the comic. Thought there was a pilot for a tv adaptation.

  14. Just started reading the comic book. Read a couple volumes and felt this had to be adapted by someone. Glad it is just don’t want it to be rubbish.

  15. My Casting:
    Nina Locke – Vera Farmiga
    Tyler Locke – Jesse Plemons
    Kinsey Locke – Saoirse Ronan
    Bode Locke – an Atticus Shaffer type
    Dodge – Dave Franco
    Sam Lesser – Dane Dehaan

    • I agree with all the choices for the Locke family, but for Dodge’s female incarnation I’d maybe keep Ksenia Solo from the pilot, I’ve seen her do evil and I’ve seen her do sexy and she has the right look…maybe a lil petite. I think Eric Christian Olsen would be good as the uncle(what’s his name? Duncan?) if you reddened the hair and discounted the freckles. Maybe Stellan Skarsgard or Michael Rapaport as the father.

  16. Locke and key is my favorite thing of all time and I’ve been trying to keep up with news regarding the movie because I’m really excited for this to happen. I did watch the trailer for the tv so and it was interesting but I must agree with most people in saying that they casted it horriblely. Non of the actors represented the character in anyway. Especially kinsley. She kinda different and edgy and they pretty much picked the most boring dull girl ever. If the movie ever moved forward casting is the key. Us fans know these characters well so they need to be fitting.

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