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Locke & Key TV Series Gets Pilot Order From Hulu

Last year, IDW Entertainment and series writer Joe Hill revealed they were developing the hit comic series Locke & Key for television and now Hulu has officially ordered a pilot for the series, which has Carlton Cuse (The Strain, LOST) set to executive produce and showrun. In addition, Scott Derrickson, who just directed Marvel’s Doctor Strange, will direct the pilot episode and potentially helm even more episodes should it be picked up to series.

Locke & Key tells the story of the Locke family and their journey into Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them, and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all! The series was written by Joe Hill with art by Gabriel Rodriguez

“I love this story,” Hill previously said of the proejct. “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.”

Ted Adams and David Ozer from IDW Entertainment, and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs from Circle of Confusion (The Walking Dead) will serve as executive producers along with Joe.

Locke & Key has had a long history of making it to another medium with Dimension Films purchasing the rights in 2008. Following that, a television series was in development at FOX in 2010 (which was even given a series order, but never went forward after the pilot was produced), and finally a failed film adaptation with producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci in 2014 with Universal Pictures.

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Locke & Key Returns In December With Small World

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Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez are returning to their Eisner Award-winning comic book series Locke & Key, the ingenious horror/thriller saga set in an ancient New England house full of enchanted keys that unlock different doors and activate different supernatural powers, for a one-shot comic that is due from IDW in December of 2016.  Locke & Key: Small World tells a new story about one of the many keepers-of-the-keys in the Locke family, Mary Locke, and is set in the early 20th Century.

In stores on December 21, 2016.

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Joe Hill’s Locke & Key Returns With One-Shot Small World

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Get ready to unlock your mind for new Locke & Key” comics, because series creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez are sending us all back to Keyhouse in their new one-shot from IDW Entertainment, “Small World.”

Check out the cover reveal, find out what’s new in the tiny new world Rodriguez and Hill are crafting and learn what’s next for the “Locke & Key” television series.

“Locke & Key,” which ended its monthly run in 2013, is one part supernatural thriller, two parts puzzle box, and topped off with a heaping amount of good old-fashioned horror. The first six books were centered around the Locke kids and their ancestral home, a winding New England manor in which a number of magical keys are hidden, keys that can unlock doors that lead to wherever your heart desires, can turn you into a ghost and even drill into another person’s mind. Naturally, as with all things magic, there are evil forces at work trying to harness the power from the keys. It’s up to the children of the Locke family to solve each little mystery as it’s revealed by Keyhouse.

Back in 2011, Fox conjured a pilot for a TV series with Mark Romanek directing and a script by Josh Friedman. Despite being praised by critics after the pilot was leaked on the Internet, “Locke & Key” wasn’t ordered to series and any hopes of exploring the mysteries of Keyhouse on screen was lost to the ether. Until now:  Recently, IDW Entertainment announced that it wants to give a “Locke & Key” TV show another go, but this time with Hill himself writing the pilot.

But TV takes forever and  in order to quench the fans’ hunger for more “Locke & Key” now, IDW will be releasing “Small World” in December. The one-off comic goes back in time to tell a new story from one of the many keepers-of-the-keys in the Locke family, Mary Locke ( one of Rodriguez’s all-time favorite characters to draw).

The LA Times spoke with Hill (both over the phone and via email) and Rodriguez about returning to their spooky series with “Small World,” and Hill elaborated on his big plans for the new pilot. Read the interview HERE.

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IDW Entertainment To Bring Joe Hill’s Locke & Key To Television

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IDW Entertainment announced today that the award-winning, fan-favorite property Locke & Key is being developed as a television series. Author/creator Joe Hill will be writing the pilot and serving as an executive producer.

Locke & Key has garnered both awards and acclaim during its five-year run. Following the titular Locke family as they encounter magic beyond belief and evils beyond redemption, Locke & Key quickly won over readers and has since become a staple in introducing new readers to the medium. With the series adapted in dozens of languages across the globe, and more than a million copies sold worldwide, Locke & Key is an obvious choice to make the transition to the screen.

New York Times bestselling author, Joe Hill, has continually captivated readers through his gripping novels and award-winning comic series. Bursting onto the scene with his debut collection of short stories 20th Century Ghosts, Hill has continued to thrill audiences with the novels, Heart-Shaped Box, N0S4A2, and Horns, adapted into a feature-length film in 2013, starring Daniel Radcliffe. His forthcoming novel The Fireman debuts later this month. In addition to Locke & Key, his comic series The Cape, Thumbprint, Wraith, and the upcoming series Tales From The Darkside, have all been published by IDW.

“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.”

Ted Adams and David Ozer from IDW Entertainment, and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs from Circle of Confusion (The Walking Dead) will serve as executive producers along with Joe.

“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.

IDW Entertainment is developing Locke & Key as a straight to series and will maintain worldwide rights to the project.

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Locke & Key Audible Adaptation Coming In October

Locke & Key, the award-winning comic book series created by writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez will be released as an audio adaptation this Fall.

Audible Studios will be publishing the first graphic novel, adapted as an audio book with an all-star cast featuring 50 voice actors, and an original score.

It will be narrated by Haley Joel Osment (“The Sixth Sense”) and Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), with special appearances by Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, Kate Mulgrew (“Orange is the New Black”) and Hill’s father, Stephen King.

The audiobook will be free from October 5 to November 4, after which it’ll become a paid product in the Audible store.

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Breaking News: Universal Pictures Options Joe Hill’s Locke & Key

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.

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Enter To Win Original Artwork Signed By Locke & Key Illustrator Gabriel Rodriguez & Author Joe Hill

Enter for a chance to win an original piece of artwork, signed by Locke & Key illustrator Gabriel Rodriguez and author Joe Hill. Pre-order your copy of the book to be eligible to win.

Click HERE for details.

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