Orci & Kurtzman To Produce Stephen King's Son Joe Hill's Locke & Key

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Author Joe Hill is following in the steps of his father Stephen King, and making the transistion to Hollywood. His book, Heart-Shaped Box is being developed into a big screen thriller by director Neil Jordan over at Warner Bros, Mandalay Pictures has optioned his upcoming novel Horns, and his graphic novel, Locke & Key was set-up at Dimension Films in 2008 with talk of a potential franchise.

Latino Review has learned that the project has moved over to DreamWorks, where Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are developing a big screen adaptation as part of their producing deal with the studio. No word on if they will lend a hand in the screenplay adaptation.

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