At this year's Comic-Con International, fans got the chance to see the unaired "Locke & Key" pilot that was passed over by Fox last May. However, that screening may have given the show one last chance at becoming a series.
According to Deadline, MTV's programming chief, David Janollari was given a copy of the pilot after Comic-Con and his reportedly favorable response could give "Locke & Key" an opportunity to continue at MTV. However, the story also notes that there have not yet been formal discussions between MTV and the producers of "Locke & Key."
"Locke & Key" creator Joe Hill alluded to the latest updates on Twitter by writing “Trying to figure out if I can say anything about the Deadline piece. People like the pilot. All doors have not been locked. You never know.”
Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez are the creative team behind the original "Locke & Key" comics published through IDW. In the TV pilot, Miranda Otto starred as Nina Locke, a woman who moves her three children; Tyler (Jesse McCartney), Kinsey (Sarah Bolger) and Bode (Skylar Gaertner) to their family's ancestral home, "Keyhouse" after the brutal murder of her husband, Rendell. Inside Keyhouse, Bode discovers keys and doors that can unlock passages to other worlds or give the bearers supernatural powers before he encounters the malevolent entity, Dodge (Ksenia Solo) who threatens the family in her bid to control the powers of the house.
"Fringe" co-creators Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci executive produced the pilot from a script by Josh Friedman ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles"). Initially, Friedman and the producers attempted to shop "Locke & Key" around to Syfy and other cable networks before ultimately being forced to release the actors and dismantle the sets.
If MTV does move forward with "Locke & Key," Friedman may no longer be available due to his new pilot at Fox and not all of the actors may be free to return. But it's not impossible and "Locke & Key" could serve as a good companion series for "Teen Wolf;" which was a hit for MTV during the 2011 summer season.
Would you watch "Locke & Key" if it came to MTV? Which members of the pilot cast would you consider to be irreplaceable? Let us know in the comment section below!