Comic book fans will soon have two more series to try and cram into their already full dance cards, with comic books LOCKE & KEY and KRYPTON cleared for launch on the small screen.
SyFy announced today that it has greenlit a pilot for the Superman prequel series KRYPTON. Set two generations before the destruction of the planet, it will focus on the outcast House of El. It will be produced (of course) by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice), Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow) will be on board as the executive producer/showrunner; while Colm McCarthy (Peaky Blinders) will direct and co-executive produce the pilot, based on a script by Goyer and Ian Goldberg. It is difficult to know what source material the producers will use, whether it is the older World of Krypton comic book series by John Byrne and Mike Mignola, the 1981 mini-series Krypton Chronicles, which explored the roots of Superman’s family, or perhaps even branching off from the glimpses we caught of the homeworld at the start of Man of Steel. Then again, it could simply follow Gotham and do its own thing with the universe.
Meanwhile, fan-favourite indie series LOCKE & KEY will come to screen from IDW Entertainment, based on the comic series by Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. Hill will write the pilot and serve as executive producer on the series, which centres on a New England mansion known as the Keyhouse, filled with doors (and corresponding keys) that transform the person walking through them. It’s a horror mystery from the master Hill, and considered to be one of the strongest examples of the genre. This is not the first time LOCKE & KEY has been attempted for television. Back in 2011, Fox passed on a pilot starring Sarah Bulger and Nick Stahl. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and even Steven Spielberg were attached at one point to produce. The trailer for that pilot can be seen below: