The IDW Publishing Comic Book “Locke And Key” has been picked up by Hulu for a pilot episode. Carlton Cuse is currently set to be the showrunner for the series, airing over the popular streaming service. Cuse will be Executive Producer on the project alongside Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange, Sinister). Joining Cuse and Derrickson as Executive Producers will be IDW CEO Ted Adams and IDW Entertainment president David Ozer.
Cuse has a string of hit films on his resume including Jack Ryan, The Bates Motel, Let The Right one In, Lost, Nash Bridges and The Strain. Writer of the comic book series – Joe Hill – will also write the script for the one hour long first episode.
The original comic book first came on the scene in 2008, via IDW Publishing, with the header “Welcome To Lovecraft”. That first run was a six issue mini series, later collected in both trade paper back and hardcover form.
Wildly popular, the series continued on with other titles like Lock & Key: Alpha (2013), Lock & Key: Alpha and Omega (2014), Lock & Key: Clockworks (2011), Lock & Key: Grindhouse (2012), Lock & Key: Headgames (2009), Lock & Key: Crown of Shadows (2009) and other special editions, convention editions and more.
This is actually the second attempt at adapting the series to film. The original was picked up by the Fox Network who ultimately decided not to move forward with the show. That first show would have been directed by ‘Never Let Me Go’ Director Mark Romanek. It got as far as a pilot, a comic con screening and then it was canned by the network. Now, years later we again await a premier episode.
Given its popularity, it was only a matter of time before the series made it’s way to the cinematic realm and the fact that it was picked up twice speaks to how good the concept truly is.