Netflix's upcoming adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's comic book Locke & Key has had a bit of an adventure of its own over the past year or so. Originally Hulu-bound, the ten-episode, supernatural-fantasy drama from Hill, Carlton Cuse, and IDW Entertainment went through some major behind-the-scenes creative changes as it switched streamers. In December, fans were given premiere date Friday, February 7, as well as the first poster and official logline for the adaptation – and now the rollout is picking up steam.
More than a week after actor Coby Bird spread some holiday cheer around the show's writers' room, viewers received a warning that "sometimes the secrets have to burn" before being reminded that there are keys all around us "if you listen hard enough". With that in mind, we then saw that the "Trap is set" – but for who… or what?
This time, we learn that "The most painful memories are the one we bury" – even when we know they won't stay that way:
After their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances, the three Locke siblings and their mother move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, which they discover is full of magical keys that may be connected to their father's death. As the Locke children explore the different keys and their unique powers, a mysterious demon awakens — and will stop at nothing to steal them.
Those curious about the look of the upcoming series got their answer – and a formal welcome to Keyhouse – just before the holidays in the form of preview images that did an amazing job of establishing the house as a major character in the series. While the first image offers a sense of "size perspective", the second image offers a comparison of Keyhouses – between screen and page:
Welcome to Keyhouse 🗝 pic.twitter.com/PgUdGtl80t
— Locke & Key (@lockekeynetflix) December 13, 2019
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) December 13, 2019
One person who's done an excellent job of keeping fans up-to-speed on the personal, behind-the-scenes aspects of filming is actress Darby Stanchfield (Scandal), otherwise known as family head Nina Locke.
After a traumatic home attack, Stanchfield's Nina 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.
Stanchfield has proven a one-woman social media public relations machine, with a strong "Instagram fu" for offering fans updates. Just two weeks ago, she shared her thoughts on the show's writing team after lunch and a group photo that includes Cuse, Michael D. Fuller, Vanessa Rojas, Meredith Averill, Liz Phang, and Lindsey Springer:
Netflix's adaptation of the horror/fantasy comic book series focuses on the Locke siblings – Kinsey (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.
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.
Thomas Mitchell Barnet's (Saving Hope) Sam Lesser is a troubled, sensitive young man who longs for a connection and will go to desperate lengths to find one. His vulnerability makes him an easy target for Dodge's manipulation.
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.
Asha Bromfield's (Riverdale) Zadie is a spunky horror nerd and the lone female member of the "Savini Squad" – that is, until Kinsey Locke arrives at Matheson Academy.
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) 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.
Felix Mallard's (Happy Together) Lucas Caravaggio is a charming teenager in the town of Matheson whose exposure to magic leads to serious complications.
Coby Bird's (The Good Doctor) Rufus Whedon is the son of Ellie Whedon, and a friend of Bode Locke. He has an unspecified mental disorder that causes him to be affected by the Keys in different ways than others.
Hill and Cuse are joined on the Locke & Key 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. Michael Morris (Better Call Saul, Preacher) has been tapped to direct the first two episodes. It's Andy Muschietti and Cuse will serve as executive producers, alongside with Barbara Muschietti, Hill, Averill, Coleite and Morris. Genre Arts' Lindsey Springer, IDW Entertainment's Ted Adams, and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs via Circle of Confusion will also executive produce.