Universal Pictures has optioned Locke & Key, a fantasy project based on the #1 NYTimes Best selling graphic novel series by acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill and Eisner nominated artist Gabriel Rodriguez. The series is published by IDW Publishing
Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Bobby Cohen will produce through their Universal-based K/O Paper Products banner. Ted Adams, IDW Publishing’s CEO and Publisher, will also produce.
EVP of Production Jon Mone and Creative Executive Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for the studio, while Ben Kim will handle development for K/O Paper Products.
In Locke & Key, a shattered family attempts to overcome a horrific trauma by moving to their ancestral home in Massachusetts. Once there, they discover a house filled with supernatural keys that unlock family secrets, pitting them in battle against true evil.
The Locke & Key series has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list multiple times and has garnered several Eisner Award nominations including a win for Hill as Best Graphic Novel writer. In addition, it has twice won the British Fantasy Award for Best Graphic Novel.
Locke & Key shot a pilot episode which was not picked-up by Fox, but garnered attention from studios.