The supernatural thriller, created by Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez, was originally developed as a TV pilot in 2011, but Fox ultimately passed on the project. Although there were hopes that "Locke & Key" might find a home at another network -- or even new life as a movie -- nothing ever materialized (although IDW did screen the unaired pilot at Comic-Con International 2011).
Debuting in 2008 from IDW Publishing, "Locke & Key" centers on Nina Locke and her three children Tyler, Kinsey and Bode, who, after the murder of Nina's husband Rendell, return to Keyhouse, the family home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts. There they encounter the manipulative entity Dodge, and numerous doors that can transport the mansion's residents to other worlds or bestow them with supernatural abilities.
"I love this story," Hill said in a statement. "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."
Ted Adams and David Ozer of IDW Entertainment, and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs of Circle of Confusion ("The Walking Dead") will serve as executive producers alongside Hill.