One of my favourite comic book experiences, not just of the last few years, but ever, is Joe Hill’s still ongoing Locke and Key with IDW comics. It’s a masterpiece of storytelling and character set against a wonderful gothic and macabre backdrop… and if this bit of news is true, they better do it justice!
Joe Hill, son of Stephen King, is a great writer like his dad, but he’s also becoming a big name in comics. Not least because of his wonderful haunted house with so much more story, Locke and Key. Now it seems Locke and Key may be set to become a trilogy of movies.
This is not the first time Locke and Key has flirted with the screen as just over a year ago a pilot episode was released starring Miranda Otto, Nick Stahl and Jesse McCartney and was, by all accounts, pretty good. Although it never made it beyond the first episode (see the trailer below).
Now, Universal Pictures has acquired the property and have announced plans to turn it into a feature film trilogy.
Curiously, the trilogy will be written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman – writers of Star Trek and the Transformers movies – proving once and for all to us at FTN that there are no other scriptwriters in Hollywood working on genre material. Seriously.
I’m not going to go into the details of the story too much except to say it revolves around a young family who suffer a terrible tragedy and move to an old family home called Key House in Massachussetts, but Key House has dark and beautiful secrets in abundancy. It’s a comic book that demands to be read. They better not screw this up.