While Mark Romanek figures out what film he’ll tackle next following “Never Let Me Go,” the director will follow the in the footsteps that many filmmakers seem to be making these days, and will direct a pilot for Fox.
Deadline reports that Romanek is in negotiations to direct the inaugural episode of the comic adaptation “Locke & Key.” With a script from Josh Friedman (”War Of The Worlds,” “The Black Dahlia”).
The series starts when the Locke family, recently bereaved of their father, move to Keyhouse, a mysterious mansion in which every door leads to a different place, either in this world or another, and around which some curious, magical keys are to be found. There are ghosts and creaky floorboards and huge, ambitious story arcs, lots of echoes and shadows and strong feeling that what you’re reading is Story with a capital S.”
Certainly, it sounds like it will give Romanek to chance to exercise some of the gothic horror muscles he developed on “The Wolfman” before exiting the project. Regardless of what you think of his films, Romanek is a master visualist and working within the milieu presented with “Locke & Key” sounds very promising.
No word on when the series might be seen on TVs, but the fall 2011 season seems like a safe bet. (Thanks for the tip D.T.)