Upcoming Hulu horror/fantasy drama Locke & Key has landed a new director. The series is based on the original comic book series, which ran from 2008 to 2013, written by author Joe Hill (son of famed horror writer Stephen King) and artist Gabriel Rodriguez published by IDW Publishing. The series consists of six story arcs titled 'Welcome to Lovecraft', 'Head Games', 'Crown of Shadows', 'Keys to the Kingdom', 'Clockworks' and 'Alpha & Omega' - as well as 'The Golden Age', a collection of six one-shots.
The series was originally adapted for TV during the 2010 to 2011 development season and reached the pilot stage at FOX, with writer Josh Friedman, director Mark Romanek and producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci along with DreamWorks TV. The pilot starring Sarah Bolger, Miranda Otto and Nick Stahl ended up not going to series, but Hill and IDW Entertainment announced last year that they were going to give Locke & Key another chance - this time with Carlton Cuse, Scott Derrickson, and Lindsey Springer producing the series for Hulu.
According to Deadline, filmmaker Andy Muschietti will be directing Locke & Key and replacing Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson, who had a scheduling conflict with his other pilot, Snowpiercer on TNT. Here is a description of the series provided by Deadline:
"The project, which Hulu landed in a competitive situation, revolves around three siblings 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 a vast array of powers and abilities. Little do they know, a devious demon also wants the keys and will stop at nothing to attain them."
Muschietti is best known for Mama - the 2013 horror film that stars Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and tells the story of two young girls abandoned in a forest cabin, fostered by an unknown entity that they call "Mama", which follows them to their new suburban home after their uncle rescues them. Muschietti is also directing the upcoming September release IT, based on Stephen King's bestselling novel of the same name. He is also loosely attached to helm the adaptation of the video game Shadow of the Colossus, after director Josh Trank dropped out of the film.
Judging by Mama, which was an (arguably) excellent horror film that garnered positive reviews from critics and audiences, and the eerie trailers for the IT adaptation, it's safe to say that Locke & Key is in good hands with Muschietti. This is not Hulu's first foray into the horror genre or with King's family of writers, either. The streaming service adapted 11.22.63 in 2016, based on King's novel of the same name, and horror series Crow's Blood and Freakish (also in 2016), with Freakish renewed for a second season.
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