Locke & Key

Joe Hill is following in the steps of his father Stephen King, and making the transition to Hollywood. His book, Heart-Shaped Box is already being developed into a big screen thriller by director Neil Jordan over at Warner Bros, Mandalay Pictures has optioned his upcoming novel Horns. In February, it was rumored that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci were developing a big screen adaptation of the graphic novel, Locke & Key, for Dreamworks. Turns out that it wasn’t actually a movie adaptation after all — but instead a television series.

Vulture has learned that Steven Spielberg is involved (via: DreamWorks Television), and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Transformers, Hawaii Five-O, Fringe) are working with writer/executive producer Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, War of the Worlds) on the project.  Kurtzman and Orci have a television deal with 20th Century Fox, so the series will likely end up on one of the Fox stations with Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks television banner producing.

Here is the official synopsis from the publisher:

Locke & Key tells of 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…! Acclaimed suspense novelist and New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box) creates an all-new story of dark fantasy and wonder, with astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez. Hill has received the Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction Collection, the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection and Best Short Story, and the Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award-2007, among his growing collection of critical accolades.

At the 2009 Eisner Awards, Locke & Key was nominated for Best Limited Series and Joe Hill was nominated for Best Writer. You can watch a trailer for the comic book that was created by IDW Piublishing:

The first book in the series, titled “Welcome to Lovecraft”, is available on Amazon for around $15 (or $16.50 in hardcover).

Locke & Key Cover

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