Netflix is on the verge of officially picking up Carlton Cuse's Locke & Key comic book TV show to series, but intends to reshoot its pilot episode. The current version of the Locke & Key TV pilot was directed by IT helmsman Andy Muschietti and was originally made for Hulu, before the company passed on the series earlier this year. Reports emerged last week that Netflix had either picked up Locke & Key pilot or was about to, marking the end of a long journey from the printed page to the small screen for Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez's cult supernatural horror comic book property.
Locke & Key first attempted to make the transition to TV in 2011, via a pilot that was made for Fox and even screened at that year's San Diego Comic-Con, but was never actually picked up. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who produced the 2011 Locke & Key TV pilot, were similarly unsuccessful in getting a Locke & Key movie trilogy made in the years that followed, prior to Cuse setting to work on a new TV version. Even the Cuse-scripted TV pilot encountered its share of obstacles; namely, a change in director, after original helmer Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Doctor Strange) had to step down due to a scheduling conflict and was replaced by Muschietti.
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Deadline is now reporting that Netflix is in final negotiations to pick up Cuse's Locke & Key TV show to series, albeit with a few caveats. Because Netflix is (from a legal perspective) licensing the rights to the Locke & Key IP and not picking up the pilot shot for Hulu, it will also be re-developing and reshooting the first episode before it begins streaming the series. Muschietti won't be available to direct the revamped Locke & Key pilot for Netflix - since he's busy preparing to start production on IT: Chapter 2 in July - but will remain onboard as an executive producer on the series, along with Barbara Muschietti and Cuse.
The Locke & Key comics follow the adventures of the Locke siblings (Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode) as they move to their family's mysterious estate in Maine and discover the existence of three magical (and very dangerous) keys within. Although Jack Mulhern, Megan Charpentier, and Jackson Robert Scott played the young Lockes in Muschetti's Locke & Key TV pilot, Deadline is reporting that only Scott will stay onboard as Bode Locke for the Netflix series. However, for the time being, it sounds like the pilot's other cast members - including, Frances O'Connor and Danny Glover - will remain in their original roles.
For Locke & Key fans that have been following the TV show's development, this news may come as a mixed blessing. While it's encouraging to hear that a Locke & Key TV show is closer than ever to becoming a reality, the Hulu pilot featured a dream team of talent on both sides of the camera that, sadly, either won't be involved as directly or at all with the Netflix version. The hope is that the streaming giant will now recruit an equally talented team of creatives to kick the show off, but fans may always be left to wonder just what Muschietti and his crew made of the source material here.
We will bring you more details on the Locke & Key TV show as they become available.