Netflix has revealed a first-look image at the long-gestating Locke & Key TV show. This has been a long time coming, with the show in development at several places, including rival streaming service Hulu with a different creative team, before Netflix stepped in to rescue it. Now, it's finally coming our way, for real this time, in early 2020, and we've just been given a look at Keyhouse brought to life.
The image looks very faithful to the important location from the Locke & Key comics. While not a pitch-perfect replication, as it would be difficult to find an old-timey manor that looks precisely like what was depicted in the books, it certainly looks close enough that it's obvious the creative team is trying to make this look like the comic. The manor is set against a snowy landscape, with a couple of cars parked outside. The show's Twitter account shared the image with the following caption.
"Welcome to Keyhouse"
The series is described as "a coming-of-age mystery about love, loss, and the unshakable bonds that define family." The show centers on the three Locke siblings and their mother who, after their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances, move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse. They come to discover the manor is full of magical keys that may be related in some way to their father's death. As the children explore the different keys and their distinctive powers, a mysterious demon awakens who is determined to steal them.
The Netflix Original cast includes Darby Stanchfield (Scandal) as Nina Locke, Jackson Robert Scott (IT) as Bode Locke, Connor Jessup (American Crime) as Tyler Locke, Emilia Jones (Incident In a Ghost Land) as Kinsey Locke and Bill Heck (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs) as Rendell Locke. Laysla De Oliveira (In the Tall Grass) as Dodge, Thomas Mitchell Barnet (Into the Dark: Deal or No Deal) as Sam Lesser, and Griffin Gluck (American Vandal) as Gabe round out the cast. Carlton Cuse, Meredith Averill, Aron Eli Coleite, Joe Hill, Chris Ryall, Lydia Antonini and Ted Adams serve as executive producers on the series, Lindsey Springer, Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti, David Alpert, Rick Jacobs, Tim Southam, John Weber and Frank Siracusa also serve as producers.
As a comic, Locke & Key was published by IDW starting in 2008, running for 37 issues in the main series, as well as a series of six one-shots. Written by Joe Hill with art by Gabriel Rodriguez, the book has been widely praised and won several major awards, including an Eisner. The comic book was originally eyed as a TV series by Fox in 2010, changing hands at several points along the way before Netflix managed to make it happen. At one point, Universal Pictures was also looking to develop a trilogy of movies based on the book, which never came to pass. Locke & Key premieres on Netflix on February 7, 2020. Be sure to check out the new image of Keyhouse from the Locke & Key Twitter account.