Last year, Fox passed on a series order for Locke & Key, despite heavy buzz for the pilot episode directed by Mark Romanek. Today, we have word that Universal Pictures has acquired the project for a feature film trilogy.

Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who served as executive producers on the pilot, will write the screenplay, based on the comic book series created by Joe Hill (Horns). The story centers on three children who become caretakers of the Key House, a sprawling New England mansion. They discover that each door in the house gives them supernatural powers and alters their identity, although they do not realize that a dangerous monster lurks behind one of the doors.

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Ironically, the project first started out as a feature adaptation before moving to the small screen. Back in February 2008, we reported that Dimensionn Films had acquired the comic book series. We also reported last September that MTV expressed interest in picking up the series, although a deal was never made.