'Locke and Key' Pilot From Carlton Cuse Set at Hulu

The IDW comic adaptation landed at the streaming service in a competitive situation.

Hulu is giving IDW comic book favorite Locke and Key a stab.

The streaming service has handed out a pilot order to the popular Joe Hill property with Carlton Cuse set to serve as showrunner, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Locke and Key is a horror/ fantasy series that revolves around three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Maine only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers. Little do they know, a devious demon also wants the keys, and will stop at nothing to attain them.

Hill will pen the script for the hourlong pilot. Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel, The Strain, Jack Ryan) will exec produce alongside Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) and Lindsey Springer. Cuse will serve as showrunner, while Derrickson will direct the IDW Comics drama. 

The Hulu pilot order comes six years after Fox teamed with prolific producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci as well as Steven Spielberg and Amblin to adapt the beloved property. IDW CEO Ted Adams, IDW Entertainment president David Ozer and Hill will serve as exec producers. 

IDW packaged the project with the goal of securing a straight-to-series order for the property. The package was taken out to bidders — including Netflix, HBO and FX — last month. 

Fox previously attempted to bring the comic to life during the 2010-11 broadcast season, with Josh Friedman penning the script. Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, the drama went to pilot with Mark Pellegrino, Miranda Otto, Jesse McCartney, Sarah Bolger and Nick Stahl attached. 

For WME-repped Cuse, Locke and Key arrives as his A&E drama Bates Motel is set to close up shop this month. His FX drama The Strain will also wrap its run later this year. Should Locke and Key go to series, Cuse would have dramas set at both Hulu and Amazon, with the latter behind the Jack Ryan reboot.
 
While the fan-favorite project was passed over, it was eventually screened as a one-off at Comic-Con 2014. Kurtzman and Orci subsequently set up a feature trilogy based on Locke and Key at Universal in 2013.
 
 
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