Joe Hill

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will produce.

THR is hearing that Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s highly popular comic book series ‘Locke & Key’ with plans for a big screen take on the supernatural tale.

An Eisner Award winning series, ‘Locke & Key’ tells the multi-generational story of Nina Locke and her three children, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode, who survive an unspeakable horror and attempt to rebuild their lives at Keyhouse, their family home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts. It is a mysterious New England mansion, with fantastic and transformative keys hidden inside its walls that are also being sought by a hate-filled and relentless creature with ties to the Locke family’s past that will stop at nothing to accomplish his sinister goals.

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Bobby Cohen are behind the film adaptation, producing through their Universal-based banner, K/O Paper Products. CEO and publisher of IDW Publishing, Ted Adams, will also produce.

‘Lock & Key’ was originally set to become a TV series, with Mark Romanek directing a pilot for Fox TV. The company ultimately passed on it. You can check out a promo trailer for the pilot below.