Joe Hill’s Locke & Key is being developed as a television series with Hill writing the pilot and serving as an executive producer. Serving as executive producers alongside Hill will be Ted Adams and David Ozer from IDW Entertainment as well as David Alpert and Rick Jacobs from Circle of Confusion (The Walking Dead).
Locke & Key tells the story of the Locke family as they encounter magic beyond belief and evils beyond redemption. The series has an international following having been adapted in dozens of languages across the globe and selling more than a million copies worldwide.
This won’t be Joe Hill’s first foray in adapting his source material onto a bigger screen. His novel Horns was adapted into a feature-length film in 2013 starring Daniel Radcliffe.
“I love this story,” said Hill. “The seven years I spent working on Locke & Key was the happiest creative experience of my life and there still isn’t a day when I don’t think about those characters and miss visiting with them. The six books of the series are very like six seasons of a cable TV series and so it feels only natural to bring that world to the little screen and to see if we can’t scare the pants off viewers everywhere.”
“Having Joe at the helm of the pilot ensures that the series will hold true to the brand that fans around the world have come to love. Locke & Key is a true global franchise”, said David Ozer, President of IDW Entertainment.
This isn’t the first time Locke & Key had hopes of breaking into television. The Hollywood Reporter notes Fox attempted to bring it to life in the 2010-11 broadcast season. However, the series was passed over eventually being screened at Comic-Con 2014.
IDW Entertainment is developing Locke & Key as a straight to series and will maintain worldwide rights to the project.