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IDW ENTERTAINMENT TO BRING LOCKE & KEY TO TV
At my very first New York Comic Con in 2011, I had the pleasure of checking out the Locke & Key pilot screening from Fox. This was a special treat as the network did not pick up the show. Usually, these things just get buried somewhere, but it was shown to a packed room of fans. At the time, I hadn't read a single issue of Locke & Key. The show was good enough that it made me want to check it out and I was instantly pulled in. Fast forward five years into the future and IDW Entertainment has announced that it's developing the series for TV...again.
If you haven't readLocke & Key, shame on you. It's a solid piece of storytelling from writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. The series has been collected in six trade paperbacks which are well worth your time. When non-comic readers ask about a good book to check out, this one is near the top. It centers on the Locke family who move to their father's childhood home after a tragedy. The children discover a number of keys, each capable of something magical...as well as a darkness that's been haunting the Lockes for generations. It's riveting, heartbreaking, terrifying, and so damn good.
Hill is on board to executive produce the show and will be writing the pilot episode. Ted Adams and David Ozer from IDW Entertainment and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs from Circle of Confusion will also serve as executive producers.
"I love this story,” said Hill. “The seven years I spent working on Locke & Key was the happiest creative experience of my life and there still isn't a day when I don't think about those characters and miss visiting with them. The six books of the series are very like six seasons of a cable TV series and so it feels only natural to bring that world to the little screen and to see if we can't scare the pants off viewers everywhere."
“Having Joe at the helm of the pilot ensures that the series will hold true to the brand that fans around the world have come to love. Locke & Key is a true global franchise”, said David Ozer, President of IDW Entertainment.
This is really great news. More comic book TV shows is a fantastic thing in my eyes, especially if they're based on an incredible book like this one. We are truly living in a golden age of comicdom, folks. Soak it up, nerds!
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