Universal Backing Locke & Key Feature Film

lockeThis story originally did the rounds in November of last year, but the trades have seized on it tonight; an adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel RodriguezLocke and Key comics is being developed at Universal.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Bobby Cohen will produce via their Universal-based K/O Paper Products banner. Ted Adams, the CEO and publisher of IDW Publishing, the company behind the comic, will also produce.

But there's no word on who will write or direct.

The original story said that the most likely plan would be for a trilogy of films. There's no mention of this tonight, but THR do say:

The hope is that the feature film model will give the story the ample canvas it needs.

Which could be hinting at a single-film structure. Or not. Or be a dig at the previous attempt to adapt Locke & Key for TV.

There was a pilot filmed, written by Josh Friedman and directed by Mark Romanek. I was lucky enough to see it at Comic-Con a couple of years back and the occasion was certainly bittersweet.

I'm past hoping for any kind of official release for that episode, though I haven't given up hope that somebody will leak it.