Turns out the old adage of the third time being a charm might actually be true when it comes to Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez’s Locke & Key.
Two months after Hulu decided to pass on a pilot for an adaptation of the IDW Publishing comic book series, according to Deadline, Netflix picked up talks with the series producers and is now in final negotiations for a series order for Locke & Key, according to Deadline. Reportedly Netflix is not picking up the pilot or series version that Hulu was adapting but is licensing the rights to the IP for redevelopment.
That means that the pilot that was directed by It‘s Andy Muschietti and starred Frances O’Connor, Samantha Mathis, Danny Glover, Nate Corddry and various actors from It is being scrapped and will see recasting of two out of three of the Locke children with only It co-star Jackson Robert Scott reportedly staying on board. Muschietti will not be back to direct the new pilot because he is hard at work on the It sequel but will remain involved as he will serve as an executive producer alongside his sister Barbara Muschietti and Carlton Cuse.
Rodríguez & Hill’s comic series focuses on three siblings who end up moving to their ancestral home in Maine with their mother (O’Connor) after the gruesome murder of their father. They discover that house has magical keys that give them various powers and abilities, keys that they must protect from a demon who covets their power.
Previously Locke & Key was in development at Fox in 2010-2011 at Fox where a pilot from Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Josh Freidman and Mark Romanek starring Sarah Bolger, Miranda Otto, and Nick Stahl was ordered but never went to series at the network.