Locke & Key: Lost writer’s comic book adaptation moves to Netflix

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Locke & Key, a comic book adaptation from Lost creator Carlton Cuse, has found a new home at Netflix. This streaming giant is the third platform to host the project, which originated at Fox with Josh Friedman at the helm in 2010, before moving to Hulu with Cuse leading the charge in 2017.

And now, after Hulu declined to pick up Cuse’s Locke & Key to series, Netflix has swooped in and offered new hope to the project. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix is “in talks to license the rights for the IP and redevelop the drama”. The pilot episode that Cuse already made with Hulu is being thrown out, but Cuse is remaining involved as Netflix presses ahead.

Per THR, Netflix is “near a series-order” for Locke & Key, but “deals are not done” as of yet. If Netflix does give the green light, the show will need to be recast and a new director will need to be found. Andy Muschietti shot the Hulu pilot episode, but he is now busy filming IT Chapter 2.

Written by Joe Hill with art by Gabriel Rodriguez, the Locke & Key comics from IDW Publishing are a horror series told in non-chronological order, based around the terrors of a place named Keyhouse. The synopsis for the book’s first volume, Welcome To Lovecraft, reads thusly:

“Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them. Home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all…”

We’ll keep you posted as we hear more about Locke & Key, and Netflix’s involvement in helping it move forward.