Should Fox Have Given Locke & Key a Chance?

One of the more interesting projects for horror and fantasy fans pitched for the upcoming season was Fox's Locke & Key. Based on the graphic novels written by Joe Hill (Stephen King's son!), the thriller made it all the way to the pilot stage and starred Miranda Otto and Nick Stahl. Despite Hollywood's current lust affair with adapting comics, Fox passed on the series, causing lots of potential fans to mutter something about Firefly, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and hopes and dreams crushed.

Still, the pilot was screened for some reason or other at Comic-Con, where the reception was mostly positive (as is everything that comes out of Comic-Con). I never got to see the pilot, but thankfully some renegade posted the trailer for the series on YouTube today so we can all get a look at what could've been. Behold!

I'm gonna catch a big bag of rotten tomatoes in the face for this, but I can see why Fox passed on it. Locke & Key may have been too ambitious for network television. Heck, I still don't really know what this is about. And with American Horror Story already taking up the quota for psychologically terrifying haunted house shows on Fox's sister network FX, perhaps they figured they'd just be repeating themselves. And if you ask me (which you don't, I know), the trailer just didn't look that great.

But who cares what I think? What do you think?


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I believe Horror tv series are one of the hottest thing to hit tv in a long time (american horror, walking dead) I mean come on FOX! this show looks amazing! Joe Hill argueably the hottest author there is right now. (my personal favorate author I've read all his books and i hate reading! I hate stupid FUX sorry i mean FOX!!! PICK IT BACK UP AAAAAHOOLLES
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i did not know joe hill was stephen kings son, thank you for that
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more interesting name than American Horror Story(which I may not watch because the title is boring)
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Was this supposed to be for adults? If so, I completely understand why they passed on iit, it reminds me of some low budget english teenage shows.
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I'd definitely watch it !!
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There's many reasons for a network passing on a show aside from it's quality. It's possible that the network didn't feel there was enough story for the show to carry a full series. From the looks of the trailer it probably would have worked well as a mini-series but would have a hard time after the first season. It would be easy to run through the stories from the comic in the first season but then they would have to come up with something for the long term.



They may have also felt it too expensive to produce or there were technical issues about it's production. But if it makes it to a TV movie and that TV movie does well, the network is likely to reconsider it for a series.
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why would fox pass on a show like this.if i was in charge of a big network this show would be on my lineup but then again fox is known to cancel alot of scfifi shows.maybe this show pass a bullet by not getting with fox.its looks more like a show for cbs.did anyone sees jeese mcarthy?
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I was actually impressed with this trailer. However, I am glad Fox decided to pass, it is not the network to carry a show like this. If it had been FX (which already has American Horror Story going for it) it could have worked. Even HBO or Showtime could have worked. Kinda disappointed we won't get to see how the story unfolds.
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i like the trailer too:)
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Intriguing! I'd watch it.
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Looks better than most of the stuff that is on TV. Ashame FOX didn't pick it up.
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Never read the graphic novel, but from what I see of the trailer, I think I'd rather have watched this instead of 'Terra Nova'. Personally I think Nick Stahl needs to do a reunion and give us a 3rd season of Carnivale. But that'll never happen.
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I guess a movie would be great... but this show should've definitely been presented to HBO. However, being as I'm not such a big fan of horror, specially the ones with missing kids and cruel imaginary friends, I liked the first part of the trailer best... the one that reminded me of Narnia. Sigh.
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Bottom line Fox is the wrong network for this Show, Fox has poor track record, the are two quick with the hook, they have canceled so many good show , Fox meat and potatoes are/were AMERCIAN IDOL, FOOTBALL,HOUSE AND BONES SYTYCD (I am very surprised that bones and house survived this long(and of course 24), definetly surprised about Fringe which I do not watched I dont watch house either, another mainstay for Fox is Sunday animation which I dont watch at all thats why for the last 4 years it just been BONES, AI, AND SYTYCD that'a all I watch on fox period!!



BOTTOM LINE FOX'S BEST SHOW EVER WAS 24
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freaking AWESOME graphic novels, was sad to see this not picked up

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It looks like it could be ok, but not my cup of tea. On a side note, I don't even drink tea. something to think about......ooOOooo>.....
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It looks fantastic!
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It looks interesting enough and mysterious enough that I definitely would have given it a watch or three.
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i love it and wish they do bring it to life.
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I understand that they are trying to make a movie out of the pilot, so it's likely to show up sometime. If the pilot movie does well it's possible that FOX or someone will reconsider it. But it seems more like a SciFi (before Syfy) type of show.

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First off, the comics are absolutely amazing and well worth the read.



This trailer doesn't even really tell enough to get people interested or cover what make the comics so good. I like the atmosphere and the setting but it seems a badly made trailer.



I do hope it comes to the screens someday...
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There's so much mystery building up, though... I can see this show getting almost as engulfing as Lost was.
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It really didn't look that great. Lock this show up, and throw away the key.
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I think the trailer was kinda poor. It makes it suspenseful enough, but I just don't see how this could be a series. As a series, I figure it'd have to be even more "stretched out" than The Killing. Also, I'm with Tim when he states "Heck, I still don't really know what this is about."
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Hell yeah,trailer looked pretty good.although am not sure I woluld wanna tune in a whole season for that story a miniseries would have been awesome.
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Actually I think this would work better as a movie than a show.
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I've seen the pilot at ComicCon and I absolutely loved it. I've never read the comics, so I didn't know what to expect at all. It's sooo creepy, great acting and I love the way it is shot. It's sad this will won't be a series, I got hooked.
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I thought this looked pretty good and would have watched it. Ditto what KevinG87 said it would be a lot better that the 'reality' shows that the networks force down our necks. Seriously who needs another talentless show like The Voice, American Idol, X Factor etc. or shows with C listers dancing or god forbid more 'real' housewives arrggghh...
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This looks more like a movie trailer than a TV show trailer. From this, I really don't see how it can be made into a continuous series. Then again, I haven't read the comics, so how would I know?
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i thought this looked bad. i wouldn't have watched it probably, but i'd sooner have it on than the reality shows
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The trailer did look great. Just because it takes place in a haunted mansion doesn't mean it's not original. Jeez, why do all networks hate original programming?
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I agree with you that it was far too ambitious for network television (especially FOX), but I thought for a trailer it was pretty darn good. It's something I would definitely watch after seeing that preview for it. Then again, I am a huge Stephen King fan and I love this kind of dark mysterious stuff. Personally I could see it on something like AMC or Showtime. To me this looked a LOT better than American Horror Story.
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