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The final piece of the casting puzzle for Fox’s upcoming pilot based on the Joe Hill comic book “Locke & Key” finally appears to be in place. Jesse McCartney, most recently seen in a recurring role on “Greek”, will play Ty, the oldest child in the titular Locke family.
“Locke & Key”
tells the story of Nina Locke (Miranda Otto) and her three children, Tyler (McCartney), Kinsey (Sarah Bolger), and Bode (Skylar Gaertner) who, after the brutal murder of Nina’s husband Rendell Locke, return to Keyhouse, his old family home in Massachusetts. There, they are pestered by an evil entity that’s determined to hold the family hostage one way or another until it gets what it wants. As Ty, McCartney will be able to show off his music talents. According to the character description, Ty was the closest with his dad and carries a special guilt for his father’s death. He isolates himself a bit by retreating into his music.
Okay, that last bit makes me flashback to the early 90s, to shows like “The Heights” and other teen dramas where they let characters sing songs that occasionally became hits (like Jamie Walters’ “How Do I Talk to an Angel”), but the comic is good and spooky, and there’s some major power behind this project. Steven Spielberg and Josh Friedman (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) are joining forces with Roberto Orci and Josh Kurtzman of “Fringe” and “Hawaii Five-O” fame. Then they went out and got Mark Romanek (“Never Let Me Go”, and “One Hour Photo”) to direct the pilot.
With the success of shows like “The Walking Dead”, it looks like we’re going to get TV interpretations of popular comic titles. I’ve said it before many times before, that if it’s done well, I think that the episodic nature of the medium is a good fit for a comic book adaptation. In a weekly television series there is room to explore multiple storylines and arcs instead of simply trying to cram everything into a single movie. So many comics have been around for so long and have such a complex history that it’s often difficult to fit everything even into multiple movies. Things get left out, feelings get hurt, fans feel alienated, it’s just a mess. However, the key phrase here is “done right”. It remains to be seen whether or not we’ll get a bunch of good comic book shows, or an avalanche of half-assed crap trying to cash in on any series with even a little bit of name recognition. If only they’d make a good, true version of “Scalped”, that would be badass.