There have been a lot of reports banging around the blogosphere that LOCKE & KEY is being adapted for television. It’s my policy never to comment on theoretical adaptations, only on actual adaptations, which is why I’ve had my yap shut on this subject for the last couple months.
In this case, though, we’ve moved from the theoretical to the actual at a pretty good clip. So, briefly: it’s true. Gabe and I are the blinking, teary, proud parents of a story headed off to Hollywood to try and be a star. There’s a kind of ComicCon version of the Traveling Wilburys working on the thing. Dreamworks Television is handling the show, guided by a pair of star storytellers in Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The show runner and lead writer will be Josh Friedman, who blew people away with The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Look for LOCKE & KEY to air next year on FOX. I’m floored (and grateful) that such a tremendously talented bunch of guys would want to get behind the comic.
It’s been a great month all around for LOCKE & KEY. The first issue of KEYS TO THE KINGDOM, “Sparrow,” hit stands a couple weeks ago and has continued to catch great reviews (like these three). L&K also made IGN’s list of the ten best indie comic books currently being published (placing us in prestigious company with the likes of The Goon, Hellboy, and The Walking Dead)
So here’s the part where I turn into a soulless shill for the series: if you haven’t given the comic a try, I hope you’ll check her out. KEYS TO THE KINGDOM #1 can still be found in many comic shops, and is a great place to jump in. Of course there’s nothing wrong in starting with the trades. The first three books are available in hardcover pretty much everywhere. For those of you who want to go dee-luxe, Subterranean Press offers limited editions of WELCOME TO LOVECRAFT and HEAD GAMES. Each book comes with all the scripts for that arc; they’re the closest thing to an ABSOLUTE edition that’s out there. Finally, there’s a talented Maine artisan named Israel Skelton who has made a limited run of keys based on Gabriel Rodriguez’s designs; he’s got a few head keys left, but not many, so if that’s something that interests you, visit his website.
The way things have gone lately, I think it’s fair to say that Gabe and I are both over the moon. Probably this is a good spot to note that for both of us, our first priority remains the comic itself. There isn’t too much of the story left to tell, and we’re going to do our best to stick the landing. Thanks, guys.