Full disclosure: I don’t generally read comic books or graphic novels, but this one caught my attention for a couple of reasons. First, the story sounds cool. Locke & Key (written by Joe Hill, Stephen King’s son) is a tale of a family trying to recover from a father’s murder. They move into an uncle’s Maine (where else?) home where the youngest son makes some supernatural discoveries. Doors lead to other worlds and otherworldly powers - the son and his siblings investigate the home and experiment with the abilities lent them.
The second tidbit that caught my attention was the news that Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) is going to head up the show. Now add on Dreamworks TV (aka Steven Spielberg) and Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Hawaii Five-0, Fringe) who are all behind the whole thing and it all sounds pretty damned promising. Only problem is, Fox is the network looking to develop the show. Yeah, let that sink in a minute.
The Sarah Connor Chronicles was just hitting its stride when, after Fox jerking it all over the weekly schedule and tossing it off to Friday, the second season ended. Summer Glau was fantastic as John’s protector and Shirley Manson, scary enough to make her own (well sort of) daughter pee in fright. And don’t get me started on Cromartie. Heck, the show even made Brian Austin Green a name to watch. After investing a whole lot of time and money and finally gaining an audience, the show was unceremoniously dropped - and the storyline left hanging.
The moral of the story is, Fox cannot be trusted - and this makes me nervous for what sounds to be a good show premise. The interesting side note is that this project was initially headed for feature filmdom, but I’ll guess they think they can milk more out of it on television.
Here’s a little trailer promoting the novel:
Oh who am I kidding? If thing makes it to any channel, I’ll be watching.