Universal Unlocks "Locke & Key" Adaptation with Kurtzman & Orci

Wed, June 19th, 2013 at 4:27pm PDT | Updated: June 19th, 2013 at 4:54pm

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CBR News Team, Editor

It's official, screenwriters Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci are bringing "Locke & Key" to the big screen for Universal

Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez' "Locke & Key" keeps opening new doors. The critically-acclaimed comic book series from IDW Publishing is nearing the end of its 5-year journey with "Locke & Key: Omega" followed by "Alpha," and rumors have continued to swirl since FOX (and later MTV) passed on Josh Friedman's TV pilot that the denizens of Key House would be making a jump beyond the printed page.

After "Star Trek" screenwriter Roberto Orci revealed he and writing partner Alex Kurtzman would be developing "Locke & Key" for Universal with an eye toward making a trilogy, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Universal Pictures has officially optioned the project.

"Locke & Key" follows the children of Rendell Locke and his wife Nina as they move to his ancestral home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts after he is murdered. The house not only sports a name, Key House, but is also home to numerous keys imbued with supernatural abilities. The kids try to protect the keys from falling into the hands of Dodge, an ancient enemy who will do anything to collect them and unleash certain doom upon the world.

In addition to penning the screenplay, Kurtzman & Orci will produce the film adaptation alongside Bobby Cohen and IDW CEO and publisher Ted Adams. There is no word at this time whether the project is still being eyed as a trilogy, but fans of the series know there are plenty of stories to tell -- and plenty of keys.

Stay tuned to CBR News for more on "Locke & Key's" jump to the big screen.

TAGS:  universal pictures, idw publishing, locke and key, joe hill, gabriel rodriguez, roberto orci, alex kurtzman

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