After Fox declined the project, Locke was shopped to other networks, including Syfy and The CW, which likewise passed. Now the stylish and ambitious project will screen at Comic-Con next month alongside a panel for the comic book upon which it’s based. The team behind the pilot, including writer Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), likely hopes the screening will generate renewed interest in the show (expect a camera to capture the crowd’s reaction when the lights come up), or at least bolster sales for the comic series (its publisher IDW is holding the event).
Locke is about a family who move into a Massachusetts mansion that has a tangle of supernatural mysteries. One review of the pilot called it creepy and spooky, but with “a little too much weirdness” for a mainstream TV show and better suited to a miniseries. On his Web site, Hill praised the pilot as “scary, and lean, and emotionally authentic, and has a similar feel to Super 8; it very much has a kind of early ’80s scary-Spielberg vibe.”