The holidays are meant to be for family, so it seems appropriate for Netflix to introduce us to two more members of their Locke family for the streaming service’s 10-episode series adaptation of writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez‘s comic book series Locke & Key. Connor Jessup (American Crime) and Utopia‘s Emilia Jones are set to take on the roles of Tyler and Kinsey Locke, respectively; joining their on-screen brother Bode Locke, played by Jackson Robert Scott (It).
Hill and Cuse are 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 was unexpectedly passed on by Hulu in March 2018, and redevloped scripts and re-cast most of the major roles save Scott’s Bode Locke.
Netflix’s adaptation of the horror/fantasy comic book series focuses on the Locke siblings – Kinsey, Tyler and Bode – 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.
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.
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.