Deadline has revealed that Locke & Key, the comic book series written by Joe Hill (son of renowned author Stephen King), is being adapated as a TV series by 20th TV. And Mark Romanek is in talks to direct the pilot episode. I haven’t seen Never Let Me Go yet (it hasn’t been released in the UK), but I’m a huge fan of the unsettling One Hour Photo, which had Robin Williams playing one of his absolute best, and also creepiest, roles. I also love Romanek’s music videos, particularly the three linked to above, and was hugely looking forward to his version of The Wolf Man, before he left the project. Having only directed two features, it’s hard to judge how the man will fare with a TV pilot, but I can say that this should be very interesting, particularly on a visual and atmospheric level.
As for Joe Hill, he is descended from perhaps my favourite author. Thanks to Watchmen, I never got round to finishing Hill’s novel Heart-Shaped Box, but what I did read demonstrated a very enjoyable writing style that could transfer to the screen well. I can’t say the same for Locke & Key, because I’m unfamiliar with it – Deadline summarises the story of the comic series as such:
Locke & Key tells the story of Nina Locke (Otto) and her three children, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode, who survive an unspeakable horror and attempt to rebuild their lives at Keyhouse, their family home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts. It is a mysterious New England mansion, with fantastic and transformative keys hidden inside its walls that are also being sought by a hate-filled and relentless creature with ties to the Locke family’s past who will stop at nothing to accomplish his sinister goals.
More fantasy, horror, horror-fantasy or fantasy-horror in the realm of television seems a positive thing indeed, and the pairing of Hill and Romanek sounds like it could result in a good’un.
Romanek will direct the pilot from a script written by Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), and Deadline received a further update earlier today, revealing that Miranda Otto will star as Nina Locke, the mother of the family that the comic focuses on.
Any readers of Locke & Key out there who have some thoughts to share?