Hulu is getting deeper into the comic book adaptation game, as the streaming service has ordered a pilot based on the IDW series Locke & Key. Writer Joe Hill is involved in bringing the series to television, along with Carlton Cuse, who has worked on shows like Lost, Bates Motel and The Strain. The pilot for Locke & Key has already found a director in Scott Derrickson, who most recently directed Doctor Strange for Marvel Studios.
According to Deadline, Locke & Key is going to be a one-hour fantasy/drama, but there will most definitely be horror elements. Anyone who has read the comic can speak to that. Scott Derrickson was the first and only director who was approached for the project and he quickly signed on. He is expected to direct multiple episodes of the series until he is pulled away to do something else, which would presumably be Doctor Strange 2. Though, Marvel Studios has yet to officially announced the sequel and that could be several years away from actually happening.
For those who haven't ready the series, Locke & Key centers around three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Maine. Shortly after their arrival, they discover that the house has magical and mysterious keys that give them bizarre powers and abilities. Unbeknownst to them, a devious demon also wants the keys and will stop at nothing to attain them, leading to various violent happenings. The series, which was written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez, ran for 37 issues over 6 volumes, with 3 additional one-shots.
This is not the first time that Locke & Key has made it to the pilot stage for TV. During the 2010-11 season, Fox ordered a pilot with Josh Friedman writing, Mark Romanek directing, and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci set to produce. The series didn't go beyond the pilot stage at that time and never made it to air, though, it did screen at San Diego Comic-Con in 2011. As for director Scott Derrickson, the general public is probably most familiar with his work on Doctor Strange, but he is definitely qualified to tackle a horror project. Prior to jumping into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he directed horror movies like Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Deliver Us From Evil. So he most definitely has the resume to support tackling Locke & Key.
This is the second major comic book related TV show that Hulu currently has in the works, with the streaming service also working on a show centered on Marvel's The Runaways. There is no timeline announced yet for the Locke & Key series at Hulu and, since it hasn't been ordered to series yet, there is no guarantee it will go to air. But with the team that they have assembled, it would be hard to imagine that we won't get at least one season out of it this time around. We will be sure to keep you up to date as more information becomes available.