As Netflix says goodbye to A Series of Unfortunate Events after its third and final season, the streaming service is already preparing an adaptation of an entirely different story about three kids facing some very special (and spooky) circumstances.
Netflix's adaptation of the Locke & Key comic book series from Joe Hill (Stephen King's son) is finally underway. On Wednesday, actor Connor Jessup shared a photo on Twitter with castmates Emilia Jones and Jackson Robert Scott, revealing that the trio had come together for their first table read.
Jessup, Jones and Scott will star as the Locke siblings -- Tyler, Kinsey and Bode, respectively -- who move into their family's old house after their father's murder and happen upon some keys that give them supernatural gifts. The trouble is that those keys are also being sought by a demon who'll stop at nothing to nab them.
As first reported by Deadline, the series will star Scandal alum Darby Stanchfield as Nina Locke, the kids' mother, who struggles to adjust to life as a single mom and wants to solve the mystery of her husband's death. On Friday, Stanchfield shared her own photo from the table read, giving fans a glimpse at the Locke family together.
Petrice Jones has also joined the series as Scot, per Variety. Scot is a horror movie junkie who heads up a misfit group called the "Savini Squad" and befriends Kinsey Locke at school.
The story of Locke & Key features spirit journeys, whispering irons and lots of family drama to flesh out. Considering that there are more than six full volumes of Hill's comics, the Netflix series will have plenty of material to mine.
Interestingly enough, though, this adaptation has been haunted by setbacks. Netflix's version is being headed up by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Meredith Averill (The Good Wife), with Hill as a writer and executive producer for the series, but Netflix only picked up the rights to adapt Locke & Key in 2018. Earlier that year, Hulu had declined to move ahead with the then-Cuse-led series, the pilot of which was written by Hill and directed by Andy Muschietti (It). Before that, Fox had also previously passed on ordering the show to series from a 2011 pilot, written and produced by Josh Friedman and directed by Mark Romanek. A trailer for the would-be adaptation still found its way online.
Considering how many years this adaptation has been bouncing around, Netflix is moving rather speedily to get its 10 hour-long episodes of Locke & Key off the ground.