Nearly two months after it was reported the streaming service was in direct negotiations to acquire the project, Netflix has officially announced a 10-episode adaptation of writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez's comic book series Locke & Key from Carlton Cuse and IDW Entertainment.
Hill and Cuse are set to be joined on the creative team by Aron Eli Coleite and Meredith Averill. The first new episode will be written by Hill and Coleite, and Cuse and Averill will serve as showrunners. Netflix is not moving forward with the existing pilot, which Hulu surprisingly passed on in March 2018, and will also be redeveloping the scripts and re-casting the new series.
It's Andy Muschietti directed Hulu's pilot, but work on It: Chapter Two will keep him from directing the Netflix version. Muschietti and Cuse will serve as executive producers, along with Barbara Muschietti, Cuse, Hill, Averill and Coleite. Genre Arts' Lindsey Springer, IDW Entertainment's Ted Adams and David Ozer, and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs via Circle of Confusion will also executive produce.
Hulu's pilot cast included Frances O'Connor, Megan Charpentier, Jackson Robert Scott, and Jack Mulhern.
Following their father's gruesome murder in a violent home invasion, the Locke children return to his childhood home of Keyhouse in secluded Lovecraft, Massachusetts. Their mother, Nina is too trapped in her grief—and a wine bottle—to notice that all in Keyhouse is not what it seems: too many locked doors, too many unanswered questions. Older kids Tyler and Kinsey aren't much better. But not youngest son Bode, who quickly finds a new friend living in an empty well and a new toy, a key, that offers hours of spirited entertainment. But again, all at Keyhouse is not what it seems, and not all doors are meant to be opened. Soon, horrors old and new, real and imagined, will come ravening after the Lockes and the secrets their family holds.