Is There Hope For <i>Locke &amp; Key</i>?

Fox executives may have passed on the buzz-generating Locke & Key pilot, but there's still a chance the adaptation of the acclaimed horror comic by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez could find life at another network.

According to Entertainment Weekly, word is that 20th Century Fox TV is talking with Syfy and The CW about picking up the supernatural thriller from producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Fringe).

EW's James Hibberd concedes that The CW is unlikely, given that the network targets young female viewers. But Syfy is a possibility, if the budget could be adjusted for cable television.

Debuting in 2008 from IDW Publishing, Locke & Key centers on Nina Locke (Miranda Otto) and her three children Tyler (Jesse McCartney), Kinsey (Sarah Bolger) and Bode (Skylar Gaertner) who, after the murder of Nina’s husband Rendell, return to Keyhouse, the family home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts. There they encounter Dodge (Ksenia Solo), and numerous doors that can transport the mansion’s residents to other worlds or bestow them with supernatural abilities. Nick Stahl also stars as Rendell’s younger brother Duncan Locke, an art teacher who lives near Keyhouse and who has few memories of growing up in the house.

Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) directed the pilot from a script by showrunner Josh Friedman (The Black Dahlia, Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles).

But wait: Why did Fox pass on Locke & Key, whose pilot was described as "beautiful" and "magical"? Entertainment chairman Peter Rice said the show simply didn't fit in the network's schedule.

"We made a number of pilots and then we look at them and make choices based on our schedule," he told reporters Monday during a conference call. "A lot of the time [the decisions] are not made in the abstract about a specific show and its qualities."

Rice did, however, admit that he liked the pilot. "It's actually a cool pilot with good talent involved," he said. "They were tough decisions. I wish it was an easier decision to make. But it really just came down to, we like the shows we picked and they fit better ... that's really what it is."

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