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Fox orders ‘Locke and Key’ to pilot

Fox is getting a jump on pilot orders, giving a greenlight to the adaptation of graphic novel ‘Locke and Key’ from DreamWorks TV and exec producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

The project had already been given a series commitment from Fox, but this now cements the plan to shoot a pilot. Hourlong is being adapted by scribe Josh Friedman, who created “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” for Fox.

Twentieth Century Fox TV is producing along with DreamWorks TV and Kurtzman and Orci’s K.O. Paper Products banner. DreamWorks’ Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank are exec producing along with K.O.’s Kurtzman, Orci and Heather Kadin. Friedman and IDW Publishing’s Ted Adams are also EPs.

The original “Locke and Key” graphic novel series is created and written by Joe Hill, Stephen King’s son, who has created a world about brothers who live in a mysterious New England mansion. Gabriel Rodriguez handles the art.

Dreamworks Television and K.O Paper Products are producing the TV version through K.O’s deal with 20th Television.

Friedman’s credits also include co-writing Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds” for Paramount, and writing the Universal feature “The Black Dahlia.”

Fox already has several projects in play for next year, including the series order “Terra Nova” — also from 20th and DreamWorks TV, among others.

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