It was only yesterday that we reported how Netflix were close to picking up Locke & Key following Hulu’s decision to pass on the series, and now comes word that the on-demand streaming giant has indeed taken on the adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s IDW work.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has given a straight-to-series order for the small-screen adaptation. Unfortunately for those previously cast, the show will now be completely recast. Similarly, IT’s Andy Muschietti – who directed the pilot for Hulu – won’t be back for Netflix’s take on the property, largely due to him being tied up with directing IT: Chapter 2. One person still sticking around though, is executive producer Carlton Cuse; best known for the likes of Bates Motel and The Strain.
In terms of who was previously signed on to star in the show, those names included Frances O’Connor, Owen Teague, Jackson Robert Scott, Megan Charpentier, Jack Mulhern, and Danny Glover. Netflix is starting from scratch on that front, though.
The previous official word on the Locke & Key series read:
Locke & Key tells the story of the Locke family and their journey into Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them, and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all!
Initially, the rights for Hill and Rodriguez’s Locke & Key were picked up by Dimension Films back in 2008, and then 2010 saw FOX develop a TV series. Sadly, neither of these times saw anything fully come to be where an adaptation was concerned, and that again looked like being the case once Hulu decided against moving forward from a pilot only a matter of weeks ago. Now though, Netflix has come to the rescue, and here’s hoping they can do something truly special with this adaptation.
As ever, expect more on Locke & Key as it continues to develop.