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Check Out the 'Locke and Key' Trailer and Mourn What Could Have Been

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 25th 2011 11:45AM
You might not want to watch this TV trailer, because it might make you too sad about what could have been.

'Some Guy' recently uploaded a professional-looking trailer for the Fox pilot 'Locke and Key,' and the two-minute Vimeo trailer is more intriguing than many full-blown drama pilots for the new season (yes, 'Grimm,' I'm looking at you). Sadly, 'Locke and Key,' which is based on an acclaimed graphic novel series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, was not picked by Fox for the new season.

I was able to see the full pilot for the project at Comic-Con, and it was a bittersweet experience -- as a fan of the graphic novels, I thought the director, Mark Romanek, and writer, 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles' scribe Josh Friedman, did an especially sensitive and intelligent job of adapting this eerie haunted house tale. It was a drag to contemplate that this compelling project didn't get picked up to series.

The trailer is a bit more sensational than the actual pilot, which is a somewhat restrained, considering its relatively out-there subject matter. But I understand that pilots are supposed to get people amped up enough to watch the show, so I don't mind that the trailer's a bit overwrought at times. What I do mind is that 'Locke & Key' is apparently very much done as a TV project.

Hill, Romanek, Friedman and other folks from the show were at Comic-Con for a panel discussion that took place after the screening of the pilot, and you can read more about that discussion here. They all made a point to say that as far as they were concerned, the TV project was well and truly dead, and they went to Comic-Con to only show the fans what they'd made, because they were proud of it.

They had every right to be proud of the 'Locke' pilot. It may well be one of those projects that was always going to be too weird for broadcast television, but the pilot managed to be true to the graphic novels while taking full advantage of the visual and emotional possibilities of live-action storytelling. The cast was excellent and I would have happily watched more of what they came up with.

Ah well. Check out the trailer for yourself and see:

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I would have recast Sarah Bolger with Daveigh Chase.

August 26 2011 at 3:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maureen, I think this pilot looks like it was a well written pilot that could have used a bit of recasting. I would have recast Miranda Otto with either Melissa George or Embeth Davidtz. But, George would have been perfect for the part that Otto played. Also, they could have recast the daughter (Sarah Bolger). I would have cast Christina Ricci in the role of Dodge.

August 26 2011 at 3:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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