Back in April, it was revealed that Hulu would be heading to one seriously creepy mansion in their pilot episode adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's Lovecraftian comic book series Locke & Key. While Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) was originally on board to direct, a scheduling conflict has led to a new director being named, one with huge horror movie hitting theaters this fall.
According to Deadline, Andy Muschietti, the director of the new IT movie hitting theaters this September, will take over the directing reigns on the Locke & Key pilot episode based on the popular IDW comic book series that follows three orphaned siblings who move into a creepy mansion in Maine that is home to more than just cobwebs and creaky floorboards.
It was reportedly Derrickson's busy schedule as the director of TNT's Snowpiercer pilot episode that led to a schedule conflict between production on the two potential series.
Hill wrote the script for the Locke & Key pilot episode and worked with Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain) to develop the adaptation of his work. Cuse, who has in recent years helped bring great, character-centric storytelling to the small screen with Bates Motel and Colony, will be the showrunner for the Locke & Key series should it move forward beyond the pilot episode at Hulu. Cuse is also executive producing the project with Joe Hill, Derrickson, Lindsey Springer, Ted Adams, and David Ozer, and Deadline reports that Andy Muschietti's sister, Barbara, has also joined the team as an executive producer.
Since only a pilot episode has been ordered by the streaming service at this time, we'll have to wait and see if the show will be ordered to series at Hulu, and we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed. For those unfamiliar with Locke & Key, here is the synopsis and a look at the cover art for the comic book series (via IDW):
"Written by Hill and featuring astounding artwork from Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them… and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all…"