In its journey to the screen (both big and small), the adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez's Locke & Key comic book series has been in development at Fox, Universal, and most recently, Hulu. After ordering a Locke & Key pilot episode that was directed by IT filmmaker Andy Muschietti, the streaming network decided not to move forward with a full series, but now the adaptation could find a home on another streaming service: Netflix.

According to multiple sources, including The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix is "near a series-order deal" for a Locke & Key adaptation. A pilot episode of the series (the second pilot episode the adaptation has received—another one was made for Fox in 2011) had already been created for Hulu with Muschietti at the helm, and a writers' room reportedly put together seven scripts for the show, but Netflix wants to take the adaptation in a different direction, so if a deal is solidified, showrunner/executive producer Carlton Cuse and executive producer Joe Hill would "redevelop" the series alongside IDW Entertainment, the publisher of the comic book series that follows three siblings and their mother as they move into a creepy mansion in Maine that is home to more than just cobwebs and creaky floorboards.

A new cast will also be assembled for the series should it move forward at Netflix (Frances O'Connor, Owen Teague, Jack Mulhern, Megan Carpentier, Jackson Robert Scott, and Nate Corddry starred in the Hulu pilot episode, which was written by Hill), and with Muschietti working on the sequel to IT, a new director will also have to be brought on board, although Muschietti could potentially still executive produce along with Cuse, Hill, Barbara Muschietti, and Lindsey Springer.

We'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated if a deal with Netflix is finalized. For those unfamiliar with Locke & Key, we have a look at 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…"

Source: THR
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