Steven Spielberg is teaming with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Fringe) to develop Joe Hill’s horror comic Locke & Key as a television franchise, Vulture reports.
Debuting in 2008 from IDW Publishing, Locke & Key is a series of miniseries revolving around a family that moves to Keyhouse, a spooky mansion in Lovecraft, Massachusetts, whose many doors can transport its residents to other worlds or bestow them with supernatural abilities. Written by Hill, author of Heart Shaped Box and son of Stephen King, and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez, the series won the 2009 British Fantasy Award for best comic or graphic novel.
Dimension Films acquired the film and television rights to the first series, Welcome to Lovecraft, shortly after its debut in 2008. But in February 2010, Kurtzman and Orci snagged the rights to produce the project through their first-look deal with DreamWorks Studios. Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) will write and produce the series, which will be a collaboration between 20th Century Fox Television and DreamWorks TV, which are working together on Spielberg’s Terra Nova for Fox.
Vulture notes that while there’s no network attached to Locke & Key, Fox seems like the logical destination.
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