The Best Show We’ll Never See – The ‘Locke & Key’ Pilot Trailer

I’m going to be in a mood all day. A funk even. I need to share it with you, lest I become a brooding Byronic icon, sulking from atop gargoyles in the rain. Gargoyles get slippery.

Anyways, Superhero Hype has posted the trailer for what looks like a pitch perfect screen adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke & Key, a show we’ll never get to Tivo. Your best hope to see the pilot is to hit up a convention. Hill has tweeted that he’s hoping to organize screenings beyond the premiere at last month’s San Diego Comic-Con. (If you were lucky enough to catch one of the two screenings, let us know what you thought.)

What’s saddest about this situation is that Fox didn’t pass on the series because it was poorly conceived or produced. Just the opposite. Reportedly, they didn’t think they could afford to maintain the quality over the course of a full season. So for now, all we’ve got is this tantalizing trailer:


  1. I more angry than ever that this show will never be made.

  2. Don’t worry about it Paul, if it had been picked up it would have ended with tears anyhow.

    FOX Would have aired 6 episodes out of order and then cancelled it citing low ratings.

  3. The guys from TRS ( said it was really good but that the Pilot was basically the whole first trade in one episode. This could work if you did short seasons like BBC’s Sherlock or Luther.

  4. SO COOL!!! Just wait, it could make it to FX in a year or two (new cast maybe)

  5. As good as this looks and as sad as I am that it wasn’t picked up, I’m a little relieved. I think this deserves the big movie, big director, big star treatment. Fox has a habit to screw things like this up.

  6. Just took a look at FOX’s fall lineup. Thank god this didn’t get picked up, it could have put 2 1/2 hours per week of “The X-Factor” in jeopardy…

  7. I haven’t been on the up and up of its development. Is there any chance of it being shopped to cable networks?

  8. That’s a very weak reason to pass on a show. If it is of a high enough quality (and it appears it is) then they should be able to profitably produce episodes and maintain quality. If they can’t, then network TV is even deader than I thought it was.

    • oh well i really wanted to check that out. =(

      @stuclach–quality doesn’t always = money. If i had to guess, they showed the pilot to some A-list advertisers and none of them were interested. If you can’t get big ad placements, its tough to make that profit.

      I think its perfectly reasonable to decide that something is too expensive to be worth producing. It may suck, but thats the reality.

  9. Any idea how long the pilot is? They did the whole first trade in 1 hour (or 44 mins, really)?

    In any case, it looks fabulous. As someone who just read the first trade a couple of weeks ago, this seems absolutely spot on.

  10. This trailer isn’t visible now. Is there a specific link I can go see it at?

  11. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    It seems the video has gone private. Can’t even view it on the Vimeo site. We’ll keep an eye out for other sources.

  12. Well that looked very good.

  13. If the leaked trailer gets enough hype around it, then hopefully some other (and much better) networks might just pick it up, plus having the girl from the upcoming The Girl With Dragon Tattoo as the villain of this series would generate a lot of hype with that eagerly anticipated film as well. I think that most of all it depends on timing, and which network has the most guts. I vote for FX.

  14. It’s a very cool trailer but you have to wonder what the show was like. I could see that particular child actor playing brody really suck the enjoyment out of it

  15. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Yay! Video’s back!

  16. Only read the first trade so far. Which I loved. But if they only filmed the pilot that seriously looked like A LOT of the first trade crammed into one episode. I’m with some of the other comments above. I rather see this done proper, on the big screen or with a big budget, than see Fox mess it up. So i’m not too disappointed that it was not picked up.

  17. That looked good. Sad we’ll never see a full season.

  18. I find it really unfair to criticize the network in this case for the show not working out. If they felt that the cost of the show was going to far outweigh any sort of viewers and/or profit then why would they commission it for a season? (Let alone a few episodes)

    TV is a business first and foremost and everyone seems to forget that.

    • Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

      Still an unfortunate circumstance.

    • No it is, I’m not saying that. I mean I’m not a fan of the book to be honest. But it would’ve been nice to see this on my big screen TV and who knows? I could’ve gotten into the show heavily and tried the books again.

      But again, there’s more then good enough reason to not option this if the costs were astronomical in FOX’s eyes. Hell look at Walking Dead. It’s a media darling right now for AMC but they had to slash the hell out of the budget to even give it a 2nd season.

  19. Wow… Talk about a missed opportunity for Fox. This looks awesome.

  20. tragic

  21. From what I’ve heard about how the pilot adapts the comics, I would love for Fox to either do a miniseries or something between 13 and 22 eps for the series.

  22. It’s too bad the networks don’t do miniseries anymore. I know that was more of a pre cable thing for them. But still a holloween miniseries with the high quality of the first one could have done good for them. I guess I’m one of the few that enjoyed a six to eight hour-ish story. Longer then a theatrical movie, but more self contained then a series.

    Oh, well.

  23. Being in the middle of the third trade right now, and watching this trailer really makes me sad that this didn’t happen. It really looks like it captures the feel of the books. Ah, the missed opportunities…

  24. Damn you Fox executives! You’ve screwed us again!