Netflix has unveiled the official poster for their upcoming TV series adaptation of Locke & Key, and the image also reveals a premiere date for the show. On the poster, a bizarre image is shown of a key placed in the back of someone's neck, reflecting the strange story we'll soon see playing out on the small screen. Also included on the poster is the official release date for the series, which Netflix says will be available to stream starting Feb. 7, 2020.
Locke & Key is based on a comic book series written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez. If you're not a reader but Hill's name sounds familiar, it could be because his novel NOS4A2 was also successfully adapted as a TV series for AMC earlier this year. Using a plot very similar to the source material, the Locke & Key series will follow the three Locke siblings and their mother moving into Keyhouse, their ancestral home, which they discover is full of magical keys which appear to be connected to the mysterious death of the Locke family patriarch. Unfortunately for them, a demonic entity is also in the house and determined to steal the keys from the Lockes at all costs.
Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel), Aron Eli Coleite (Daybreak), and Meredith Averill (The Haunting of Hill House) developed the series for Netflix. The cast for Locke & Key includes Jackson Robert Scott (It and It: Chapter Two, Darby Stanchfield (Scandal), Connor Jessup (American Crime), Emilia Jones (Horrible Histories), Sherri Saum (The Fosters), Griffin Gluck (Red Band Society), and Steven Williams (Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday). Cuse, Coleite, and Averill are also executive producing alongside Joe Hill, Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti, Ted Adams, David ozer, and Rick Jacobs.
Because of some false starts in the past, it was beginning to look like we would never see a TV series adaptation of Locke & Key. The Fox network was the first to order a pilot episode for a potential series back in 2010 with Josh Friedman writing the script. The series starred such names as Nick Stahl, Jesse McCartney, Mark Pellegrino, Sarah Bolger, and Miranda Otto. Ultimately, Fox decided not to order a full season of the series based on the pilot, though it was screened for the audience at San Diego Comic-Con 2011.
More recently, Hulu gave Locke & Key a go in 2017 by ordering their own pilot episode for a possible TV series adaptation. With Andy Muschietti directing, Cuse was set to be the potential series showrunner. As with Fox, Hulu wound up passing on Locke & Key, sending the long-awaited project back to the drawing board. Fortunately, Netflix finally gave the potential show a series order in 2018, and now we're closer than ever to finally seeing the Locke & Key TV series on the small screen.
Hopefully, the Netflix adaptation of Locke & Key will make the decade-long wait for the TV series worth it. With such excellent source material to draw from, the potential is there for the series to really be something great. With two failed pilots already in the past, it would seem that maybe the old adage is true that the third time's the charm. This news comes to us from the Netflix streaming service.