Universal’s attempt to fashion a feature film out of Joe Hill’s Eisner Award-winning horror comic book series Locke & Key is apparently over.  After Fox rejected a pilot for a TV series based on the IDW horror comic (see “Locke & Key Trailer”), Universal picked up the property in 2013 with the idea of creating a feature film with writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek) producing (see “Universal Gets Locke & Key”), only to run into contractual difficulties (see “Locke & Key Movie Tied Up”).

Now comes word directly from Joe Hill himself (via the brokehorrorfan site) that the long-suffering Universal Locke & Key feature film project has been put out of its misery.  But Hill also said that there is still some hope for Locke & Key to make it to the small screen as one of the potential TV series properties being developed by IDW (see “IDW Launches TV Development Division”).

When contacted by ICv2 to confirm this story, a spokesperson for the company told ICv2 that IDW was satisfied to “let Joe’s statement stand for now.”