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One of the biggest disappointments of television pilot season undoubtedly was Fox’s decision to pass on Locke & Key, the supernatural thriller based on the acclaimed IDW Publishing comic by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.
Although described as “magical” and “beautiful” with the “makings of something great,” the pilot simply didn’t fit into the network’s schedule, according entertainment chairman Peter Rice. Fans held out hope that The CW or Syfy might pick up the series, but with the dismantling of the sets this month, it’s now all but certain Locke & Key will never air.
However, that doesn’t mean we won’t see the pilot.
Hill revealed on Twitter that the Locke & Key pilot will “probably” be shown at Comic-Con International next month. “It’s not certain – things could change – but seems likely,” wrote Hill, the author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.
Hopefully 20th Century Fox TV will take a cue from Warner Bros., which made the rejected Aquaman pilot available on iTunes. That way those of us who won’t be attending the July 21-24 convention can see what all the buzz was about without having to scour YouTube for grainy cellphone recordings from the screening.
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 starred in the adaptation 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.
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Fringe) produced the show with Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) directing the pilot from a script by showrunner Josh Friedman (The Black Dahlia, Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles).