It was last year when Hulu placed an order for a pilot episode that should have paved way for a live-action Locke and Key television series later this year. However, the subscription-based entertainment platform has since then decided to not move forward with the project.
Speaking with Cultured Vultures in a recent interview, actress Samantha Mathis revealed that the completed pilot episode is now being screened for other platforms such as Amazon and Netflix. While none have stepped forward to pick up the series for the time being, there is hope that Locke and Key will find a new home by the summer.
“I did a pilot for Hulu called Locke and Key but it didn’t get picked up by Hulu,” Mathis revealed. “It’s getting shopped around to Amazon and Netflix and Apple and everyone right now. Who knows, maybe that will end up some place.”
Hulu initially showed great interest in adapting the critically acclaimed modern-day comic book series by Joe Hill for television. The same interest waned after Randy Freer took over Hulu in October. According to another report from The Hollywood Reporter earlier today, it was Freer himself who ultimately passed on adapting the series because he did not like what the pilot episode offered.
The entire setting of Locke and Key revolves around magical keys to doors in a decrypt mansion that bestow supernatural powers and abilities when walked through. In typical horror fashion, an unsuspecting family moves in one day and soon comes to discover about a dark secret that has been kept locked deep in a well for decades — a demon that can change form and desperately wants all the keys to be free.
The original comic book series spans across three acts that are split between six volumes. Those interested can purchase them all combined in a beautiful slipcase set from here.