Alex Kurtzman Talks LOCKE & KEY and His Plans to Adapt the Graphic Novels into a Series of Movies

     September 9, 2013

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Even though he was at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery to celebrate the premiere of the new Fox drama series Sleepy Hollow, premiering on September 16th, when I got a few minutes to chat with executive producer Alex Kurtzman, I had to ask about what’s going on with Locke & Key, based on the graphic novels by Joe Hill.  A pilot starring Miranda Otto, Mark Pellegrino, Jesse McCartney and Sarah Bolger was made to debut in the 2011 TV season, and I loved it so much that I was both shocked and greatly disappointed to learn that it wasn’t picked up and I would never get to see how it would continue.

With talk recently heating up, in regard to a feature film being done, I had to get an update, and Kurtzman was happy to oblige, clearly loving the property as much as I do.  He said that they’re very serious about the project now, they’ve locked down a writer who has a brilliant way to take the best of the first couple graphic novels and make a complete story, and that their goal is to do a series of movies.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

locke-and-key-imageCollider:  I thought the Locke & Key pilot was amazing.  I absolutely loved it, and I was so upset when it didn’t get picked up to series.  So, when I recently heard that you wanted to do a feature film version now, I got very excited.  How serious are you about that? 

ALEX KURTZMAN:  We’re going to make a movie!  We’re really serious.  Absolutely!  We’re really, really serious.  In fact, we have locked down on a writer who really came up with a brilliant way to take the best of the first couple graphic novels and play out a complete first movie story with a lot of promise of future movies, which is really our goal.  But, I am as in love with it as you are.  I believe in it so much, and I believe in Joe Hill.  All I want is to make that movie. 

Can you say who the writer is?

KURTZMAN:  I can’t tell you yet.  We’re very close, though.  Hopefully, it will be out soon.  We really loved it, too.  But, it will live on as a movie now, and hopefully many. 

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