Is There Hope For Locke & Key?

Fox executives may have passed on the buzz-generating Locke & Key pilot, but there’s still a chance the adaptation of the acclaimed horror comic by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez could find life at another network.

According to Entertainment Weekly, word is that 20th Century Fox TV is talking with Syfy and The CW about picking up the supernatural thriller from producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Fringe).

EW‘s James Hibberd concedes that The CW is unlikely, given that the network targets young female viewers. But Syfy is a possibility, if the budget could be adjusted for cable television.

Debuting in 2008 from IDW Publishing, Locke & Key centers on Nina Locke (Miranda Otto) and her three children Tyler (Jesse McCartney), Kinsey (Sarah Bolger) and Bode (Skylar Gaertner) who, after the murder of Nina’s husband Rendell, return to Keyhouse, the family home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts. There they encounter Dodge (Ksenia Solo), and numerous doors that can transport the mansion’s residents to other worlds or bestow them with supernatural abilities. Nick Stahl also stars as Rendell’s younger brother Duncan Locke, an art teacher who lives near Keyhouse and who has few memories of growing up in the house.

Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) directed the pilot from a script by showrunner Josh Friedman (The Black Dahlia, Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles).

But wait: Why did Fox pass on Locke & Key, whose pilot was described as “beautiful” and “magical”? Entertainment chairman Peter Rice said the show simply didn’t fit in the network’s schedule.

“We made a number of pilots and then we look at them and make choices based on our schedule,” he told reporters Monday during a conference call. “A lot of the time [the decisions] are not made in the abstract about a specific show and its qualities.”

Rice did, however, admit that he liked the pilot. “It’s actually a cool pilot with good talent involved,” he said. “They were tough decisions. I wish it was an easier decision to make. But it really just came down to, we like the shows we picked and they fit better … that’s really what it is.”

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  • http://twitter.com/Dawnell_do Dawnell_do

    I think Lock & Key would do better on the CW or Syfy because they usually know how to better handle horror and science fiction theme shows.

  • guest

    I’m a big fan of Locke and Key. But my contention is this: if the show is not going to be given the budget it needs to live up to its potential, then don’t do it at all! Yeah, I’m bummed that Fox didn’t pick it up, but at least they had the big budget for it. SyFy?? no thanks. The network that puts together the copycat garbage. I’ll pass. 

  • Coryjameson

    HBO, SHO or STARZ would be better

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Hasser/1427822616 Adam Hasser

    “EW‘s James Hibberd concedes that The CW is unlikely, given that the network targets young female viewers.”

    Wouldn’t this show be a perfect replacement for Smallville???
     It would be a perfect fit teamed with Supernatural.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Both of those shows were/are hold overs from The WB. The CW’s own shows seemed aimed at females and both Smallville and Supernatural wouldn’t have been green lit for season one by them.

  • Mcjack2

     Locke & Key would have a reduced SFX budget on CW, but it would have a better chance to survive there. If anything, I would hope it would go to Syfy. Anything to spare us from the wrestling and ghost hunting! The “Syfy” brand has really gone downhill…and we can’t blame the name change (in order for them to be able to trademark it) as the main reason…

  • Mcjack2

     Locke & Key would have a reduced SFX budget on CW, but it would have a better chance to survive there. If anything, I would hope it would go to Syfy. Anything to spare us from the wrestling and ghost hunting! The “Syfy” brand has really gone downhill…and we can’t blame the name change (in order for them to be able to trademark it) as the main reason…

  • Mcjack2

     Locke & Key would have a reduced SFX budget on CW, but it would have a better chance to survive there. If anything, I would hope it would go to Syfy. Anything to spare us from the wrestling and ghost hunting! The “Syfy” brand has really gone downhill…and we can’t blame the name change (in order for them to be able to trademark it) as the main reason…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Hasser/1427822616 Adam Hasser

    I don’t know if you can say they wouldn’t have been green lit, that’s just a guess.

    Why not take a chance on it when someone else already paid for the pilot and all the pre-production etc? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Hasser/1427822616 Adam Hasser

    I don’t know if you can say they wouldn’t have been green lit, that’s just a guess.

    Why not take a chance on it when someone else already paid for the pilot and all the pre-production etc? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Hasser/1427822616 Adam Hasser

    I don’t know if you can say they wouldn’t have been green lit, that’s just a guess.

    Why not take a chance on it when someone else already paid for the pilot and all the pre-production etc? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Hasser/1427822616 Adam Hasser

    I don’t know if you can say they wouldn’t have been green lit, that’s just a guess.

    Why not take a chance on it when someone else already paid for the pilot and all the pre-production etc? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    I personally would like to see AMC get it. I want to see them try their hand at fantasy. They’ve rocked everything else so far.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    I personally would like to see AMC get it. I want to see them try their hand at fantasy. They’ve rocked everything else so far.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    I personally would like to see AMC get it. I want to see them try their hand at fantasy. They’ve rocked everything else so far.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    I personally would like to see AMC get it. I want to see them try their hand at fantasy. They’ve rocked everything else so far.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Because they would still have to foot the bill for the other twelve? I mean sure, air the pilot. See if it does well. Then pick it up. But that’s not how they make decisions (Sounds perfectly reasonable to me… Much better than this current nonsense. They should have “Pilot Week” and air all of them to see which ones generate interest). They would prefer to have several episodes ready to go before even showing it to the public.

    As for them getting picked up… Smallville, maybe. There was a lot of romance in the series. But Supernatural has had virtually none, and wouldn’t have fit with The CW’s target audience when it started. The old president (the one who had been there since Day 1 and canceled Smallville for no real reason) made it clear she wanted both gone, but that they were both big hits and it would be ridiculous to get rid of them. If we had gotten either ordered by The CW from the beginning, they’d probably be different shows. It’s a guess, definitely, but an educated one (not as in “oh, i’m uber-smarts” but more “looking at the facts, this is what I think would have happened”).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Because they would still have to foot the bill for the other twelve? I mean sure, air the pilot. See if it does well. Then pick it up. But that’s not how they make decisions (Sounds perfectly reasonable to me… Much better than this current nonsense. They should have “Pilot Week” and air all of them to see which ones generate interest). They would prefer to have several episodes ready to go before even showing it to the public.

    As for them getting picked up… Smallville, maybe. There was a lot of romance in the series. But Supernatural has had virtually none, and wouldn’t have fit with The CW’s target audience when it started. The old president (the one who had been there since Day 1 and canceled Smallville for no real reason) made it clear she wanted both gone, but that they were both big hits and it would be ridiculous to get rid of them. If we had gotten either ordered by The CW from the beginning, they’d probably be different shows. It’s a guess, definitely, but an educated one (not as in “oh, i’m uber-smarts” but more “looking at the facts, this is what I think would have happened”).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Because they would still have to foot the bill for the other twelve? I mean sure, air the pilot. See if it does well. Then pick it up. But that’s not how they make decisions (Sounds perfectly reasonable to me… Much better than this current nonsense. They should have “Pilot Week” and air all of them to see which ones generate interest). They would prefer to have several episodes ready to go before even showing it to the public.

    As for them getting picked up… Smallville, maybe. There was a lot of romance in the series. But Supernatural has had virtually none, and wouldn’t have fit with The CW’s target audience when it started. The old president (the one who had been there since Day 1 and canceled Smallville for no real reason) made it clear she wanted both gone, but that they were both big hits and it would be ridiculous to get rid of them. If we had gotten either ordered by The CW from the beginning, they’d probably be different shows. It’s a guess, definitely, but an educated one (not as in “oh, i’m uber-smarts” but more “looking at the facts, this is what I think would have happened”).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Because they would still have to foot the bill for the other twelve? I mean sure, air the pilot. See if it does well. Then pick it up. But that’s not how they make decisions (Sounds perfectly reasonable to me… Much better than this current nonsense. They should have “Pilot Week” and air all of them to see which ones generate interest). They would prefer to have several episodes ready to go before even showing it to the public.

    As for them getting picked up… Smallville, maybe. There was a lot of romance in the series. But Supernatural has had virtually none, and wouldn’t have fit with The CW’s target audience when it started. The old president (the one who had been there since Day 1 and canceled Smallville for no real reason) made it clear she wanted both gone, but that they were both big hits and it would be ridiculous to get rid of them. If we had gotten either ordered by The CW from the beginning, they’d probably be different shows. It’s a guess, definitely, but an educated one (not as in “oh, i’m uber-smarts” but more “looking at the facts, this is what I think would have happened”).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Hasser/1427822616 Adam Hasser

    I see your point and I do like the idea of Pilot Week.

    I just think it makes too much sense and fits too well for them to pass on it. Maybe that’s me projecting hope that they do pick it up. How many other quality pilots or shows are going to land right in their lap like this one?

  • http://twitter.com/Scadilla81 Oscar Padilla

     Fox passes on a well written horror thriller, but greenlights another Seth McFarlane cartoon? *sigh*

  • Erica

     Fox is stupid.  I’d rather see Locke & Key on FX cause the CW isn’t a great network. They just want a bunch of girls to watch their network instead of as many people as possible and that’s why the network is failing. SyFy isn’t popular enough for me.  If not FX, HBO…. some network where they can really go for it with no limitations.  Where the show can be gritty.  The only networks that will allow that is FX, HBO, Starz, Showtime…

  • Gar

    This is an excellent example of why I have increasingly become a fan of cable shows. The networks especially fox continue to disappoint with their reality based schedules. They never stand behind the scripted shows they accept, and constantly move their days and time trying to find an audience. This tactic only confuses the audience more, developing disinterest, and changing the show continuity. This technique has lead to the downfall of great shows such as, The Good Guys, and Human Target. I’m at the point where I don’t even want to become vested in a new network show, and will not watch any new fox show, because they will either cancel after a short season, or change the show around so much it’s unrecognizable. While the networks continue to be short sided, and release more reality crap, the Cable Networks release even better scripted comedy, action, and drama. The networks should soon wise up, or they will soon be history.