Joe Hill's Locke and Key Being Adapted As Well
Joe Hill is legendary author Stephen King's 36-year-old son whose debut into the world of writing was a horror novel titled "Heart-Shaped Box" that Warner Brothers subsequently bought immediately after publication. Now Hill's next writing effort is a graphic novel titled "Locke & Key" that's being published by IDW. Dimension Films, which is part of The Weinstein Company, has already bought the rights to the very new series and is looking to develop it as a potential franchise. According to reports, the graphic novel's first issue sold out its entire publication in one day on its release on February 20th.
The story revolves around a trio of children who become the caretakers of Keyhouse, a mansion in New England that is full of secrets and magic. The kids discover doors that take them to different places, give them powers and even alter gender and skin color. But behind one door is a dangerously violent creature.
John Davis and IDW CEO Ted Adams will produce, but no hints as to who might be directing, writing, or who else is involved. Bob Weinstein also chimed in with his explanation behind why this particular graphic novel interested him.
"I love what Joe wrote. There are fun elements that horror fans love, and it feels like a franchise where you can feel satisfied with each film, but there is a door left open for the next one."
I was thinking the same thing when I was writing about Hill's last novel "Heart-Shaped Box" - I'm not sure how well Stephen King-ish stories can maintain their integrity when translated to the big screen. I haven't really been amazed by the last few Stephen King movies (although the screenwriters may be to blame), but maybe his son is a different writer with a new "spunk." The concept sounds fairly interesting, like a thriller version of The Matrix Reloaded, in weird way. Did anyone pick up "Locke & Key" when it was released last week?