Trailer for the LOCKE & KEY Series That Will Never Be

     August 24, 2011


Fox passed on Locke & Key, the series adaptation of Joe Hill’s fantasy-horror comic.  The producers were proud of their pilot, though, and wanted fans to see it.  So, in a unique move, IDW Publishing screened the first episode at Comic-Con to a very positive reception.  Head writer Josh Friedman was very clear there is no chance the series will resurface at Fox or anywhere else, so don’t get your hopes up.  But if you weren’t able to attend the screening, and want to get a sense of what you’re missing, a trailer for the would-be series has popped up online.

It looks pretty crazy.  It’s clear the creative team did not shy away from the darker horror elements of the story, which must’ve been a hard sell to a broadcast network.  Based on the trailer, I wish Locke & Key could get its shot, but I understand why it didn’t make the cut.  Judge for yourself after the jump.

I really like the score in this clip when it kicks into high gear around the 1:20 mark.  The original music on the pilot is credited to Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Hall, the house composers for Deadwood.



  • gunslinger

    Song at 1:20 mark is from the film “Signs”!!

  • saadGkhan

    it looks really good, its sad FOX canceled it.

  • jymmmymack

    Looked like a fun, true-to-the-spirit adaptation. Oh well.

  • LAME

    Looks lame.

  • owl

    WHY it cant RESURFACE IN ANOTHER NETWORK I dont undertstand that

    • tazmaniak

      Once they decided it wasn’t a good fit for the network, Fox did attempt to sell it to other networks.But, because it costs so much money to keep the show alive while they were trying to find a new home for it, they just decided to pull the plug.

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  • jason

    surprised SyFy didn’t go for it…

  • Cloud720

    I watch movies with haunted houses and wonder why the families stay so long. I can’t imagine watching a show for four or more years with the family staying in the same home.

    • Domm

      That is because you haven’t separated from your body and flown around the house.

  • JR88

    Looks terrible, not to mention you would need a very solid story to last multiple seasons in the same house.

    Also have you never seen Signs or heard of James Newton Howard?

  • LEM

    Doesn’t look like anything that special but I guess FOX had to give Gordon Ramsay or Simon Cowell another hour on the network.

  • Waxed Wookiee

    Actually, I like the initial concept of a creaky house with keys to rooms with portals to other places. (Like a better Narnia) But not keen on the tired old ghost girl in a well subplot. Yawn! Its initial idea if expanded on could be fantastic!

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