'Locke & Key': Preacher's Michael Morris Directing First 2 Eps of Netflix Adapt

Netflix's series adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's comic book Locke & Key is handing over the directorial reins to Michael Morris (Better Call Saul, Preacher) for the first two of the ten episodes ordered. Morris will also serve as an executive producer on the first epsode of upcoming supernatural-fantasy drama from Hill, Carlton Cuse, and IDW Entertainment.

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Netflix's adaptation of the horror/fantasy comic book series focuses on the Locke siblings – Kinsey (Utopia's Emilia Jones), Tyler (American Crime's Connor Jessup), and Bode (It's Jackson Robert Scott) – who move to their ancestral home in Massachusetts after the gruesome murder of their father, only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities. Standing in their way is a devious demon who also wants the keys and will stop at nothing to attain them.

After the traumatic home attack, Nina Locke (Scandal's Darby Stanchfield) moves her family across the country to Keyhouse for a fresh start — and also to solve the mystery surrounding her late husband Rendell's murder. She struggles with her new role as a single mom, as Rendell was always more the traditional parent type. She's much more comfortable as an artist and house renovator.

Petrice Jones' (Step Up: High Water) Scot is a massive horror movie nerd and ringleader of the "Savini Squad" – a group of teen misfits named for famed special effects artist Tom Savini – who becomes Kinsey Locke's first friend at the Academy.

Laysla De Oliveira's Dodge is a beautiful, unpredictable and sinister demon in human form that torments the Locke family. Kevin Alves' Javi is the colorful life of the party who doesn't take life too seriously – doing his best to try to persuade new friend Tyler Locke to do the same.

Griffin Gluck's (American Vandal) Gabe is a new boarding student at Matheson Academy who befriends Kinsey Locke. Steven Williams' (The Chi, The X-Files) will recur as Joe Ridgeway, an esteemed teacher at Matheson Academy who connects with the newly arrived Locke family and who might be in for much more than he was expecting.

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Hill and Cuse are joined on the creative team by Aron Eli Coleite and Meredith Averill. The first episode is written by Hill and Coleite, and Cuse and Averill will serve as showrunners. Netflix is not moving forward with the existing pilot and previous cast save Scott, which was passed on by Hulu in March 2018. In that version, Frances O'Connor was cast in the role of Nina Locke.

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 Alpert and Rick Jacobs via Circle of Confusion will also executive produce.

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