IDW has announced plans to develop Locke & Key themselves as a new television series to be written and produced by co-creator/writer Joe Hill. IDW will maintain creative rights to the project and send Locke & Key straight to series.
"I love this story,” said Hill 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."
“Having Joe at the helm of the pilot ensures that the series will hold true to the brand that fans around the world have come to love. Locke & Key is a true global franchise”, said David Ozer, President of IDW Entertainment.
Locke & Key has been in development twice before for television, with the latter one from DreamWorks going so far as filming a pilot for Fox that was passed on. Since then, Universal Pictures optioned the property as a three-part film trilogy, but those rights lapsed.
No projected premiere date for Locke & Key was announced.