The Locke & Key pilot is getting a new director in the form of It‘s Andy Muschietti.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Muschietti is taking the reigns of the Hulu pilot due to a scheduling conflict with the previously announced director, Doctor Strange‘s Scott Derrickson, who will direct a pilot for TNT’s adaptation of Snowpiercer instead.
Of course fans of the IDW comic book by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez are used to bumps on its road to television.
A Locke and Key pilot already exists. It stars Mirando Otto as Nina Locke, a widow who moves her family to her husband’s ancestral home in Maine. There, her children find the house has a magic to it, accessed by keys and doorways offering strange and wondrous powers. Produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci for FOX Television in 2010, it floundered and the network ultimately passed. The pilot eventually leaked online, allowing fans to see it.
The new version, announced back in April, will be produced by Lost‘s Carlton Cuse, who will also serve as showrunner. Muschietti will also be credited as an executive producer on the series.
Being a fan of the comic series, I’m excited to finally see this get its proper long-form TV due. I never saw the FOX pilot, though its cast — which also included Sarah Bolger as Kinsey, Jesse McCartney as older son Tyler and Nick Stahl as
older son Uncle Duncan — was certainly a great mix of people. I can’t wait to see who Muschietti casts to play the Lockes and the fly buzzing about their grief.