First Trailer for Netflix’s Long-Awaited ‘Locke and Key’

Published on January 9, 2020

Netflix’s new series, Locke and Key, has been a long time coming. Based on author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez’s graphic novel series, both Fox and Hulu tried adapting it into a television show with big names attached. At one point, even a movie adaptation was on the table but never picked up. All of those ups and downs were possibly for the best, though, considering Locke and Key will reach a whole lot of eyeballs on Netflix. The streaming platform just released the first trailer for their adaptation of the comic book series. 

The Trailer

The first 10 episodes of Locke and Key follow three siblings who, after their father’s murder, return to their ancestral home. It’s no ordinary home, though. The house comes with magical keys, giving the three siblings incredible abilities but unlocking deadly doors and secrets. The series stars Darby Stanchfield as Nina Locke, Connor Jessup as Tyler Locke, Emilia Jones as Kinsey Locke, and Jackson Robert Scott as Bode Locke. 

The trailer has a pleasant sense of wonderment and creepiness to it. The tone is reminiscent of Joe Dante (Gremlins) and ‘80s fantasy movies that knew how to blend scares and laughs just right. The show looks very polished, too. The effects and sets, especially the practical ones, look top-notch and pricey. Netflix is betting big on Locke and Key, and based on the promising trailer, maybe they’ll have another hit on their hands. 

The Graphic Novels 

IDW Publishing’s comic book series ran from 2008 to 2013. Every month an issue of Locke and Key was released and met with acclaim. Each volume and arc contained six issues in total. Hill and Rodriguez’s stories became a favorite among comic book fans and critics, earning nominations and wins at the prestigious Eisner Awards and the British Fantasy Award. Ever since the comic came to an end, Locke and Key has remained a popular and well-respected title. 

Locke and Key History 

It was 2011 when Hollywood took its first crack at Locke and Key. Fox tried with filmmaker Mark Romanek, the man behind Never Let Me Go, One Hour Photo, and some of the greatest music videos of all time. Fox passed on the pilot, and so did other networks. Producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman of Star Trek fame then pitched a film adaptation to Universal, but the studio wasn’t interested.

Another high-profile filmmaker, Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange), got involved in Locke and Key. Derrickson joined forces with Hulu to get the series going, but again, the project didn’t gain much momentum at Hulu and, ultimately, Derrickson departed. 

Big names have come and gone from the property. It generated no shortage of excitement among creatives. Finally, TV wizard Carlton Cuse (Lost) and It director, Andy Muschietti, got an adaptation up and running. Muschietti is only executive producing, not directing, but his involvement is promising. Along with Cuse, Aron Eli Coleite and Meredith Averill were pivotal in making the show a reality. 

The Official Synopsis 

After their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances, the three Locke siblings and their mother move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, which they discover is full of magical keys that may be connected to their father’s death. As the Locke children explore the different keys and their unique powers, a mysterious demon awakens and will stop at nothing to steal them. From Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Meredith Averill (The Haunting of Hill House), the series is a coming-of-age mystery about love, loss, and the unshakable bonds that define family.

Locke and Key season one is available to stream on February 7th.

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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