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Hulu eyes Joe Hill's 'Locke & Key' horror comic for new series

The streaming service ordered a pilot helmed by ‘Lost’s' Carlton Cuse and ‘Doctor Strange’ director Scott Derrickson.
David Lumb, @OutOnALumb
04.21.17 in AV
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After a few false starts, Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's award-winning horror comic Locke & Key is getting another shot at coming to your screen. Hulu is producing an hour-long pilot adaptation with Lost's Carlton Cuse executive producing and Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson filming it.

The comic follows three siblings of the Locke family returning to their ancestral home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts, after their father is brutally murdered. There they explore a house with doors unlocked by magical keys that bestow powers...and a malevolent demon determined to steal them all for itself.

Cuse developed the pilot while Hill wrote its script. The son of horror icon Stephen King, Hill wrote several best-selling novels (Heart-Shaped Box, NOS4ATU, The Fireman) before embarking on Locke & Key with artist Rodriguez, which took home a couple British Fantasy Awards and an Eisner, comics' Oscar-equivalent.

The first pass at a Locke & Key adaptation was six years ago, when Fox ultimately passed on a pilot backed by producer pair Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and starring Mirando Otto and Nick Stahl. Amazon's audiobook service Audible adapted the series into a 13-hour radio drama in 2015 with its own impressive cast, but here's hoping Hulu's take is the small screen version the comic's fans have been waiting for.

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