Netflix reveals first glimpse of series partially shot in Lunenburg

by Charles Mandel

  • <p>File photo</p><p>Cover of the graphic novel, Locke &amp; Key.</p>

Netflix sent out a tweet on December 13 showing the Keyhouse from the adaptation of the graphic novel, Locke & Key. The latter is being made for Netflix and was largely filled in Lunenburg, portraying the UNESCO World Heritage Site as a New England community.

The tweet received 49 retweets, and 213 likes, showing an appetite for the forthcoming film, which is slated for release in February.

Netflix picked up the series in July 2018, after the streaming company, Hulu dropped the pilot, part of which was also filmed in Lunenburg in 2017. The streaming film and television company has ordered 10 episodes for the hour-long series for the first season, according to Variety.

According the the website, IMDb and the publication Variety, some of the cast members include Australian actor Felix Mallard, Thomas Barnet, Laysia de Oliveira and Kevin Alve.

Deadline.com reported that Michael Morris was directing the first two episodes. Morris has directed, among other things, episodes of Better Call Saul, House of Cards, Shameless, and Bloodline.

An Ontario-based production company has budgeted $10 million toward the film, with about $250,000 set aside for the Lunenburg portion, information supplied to the town by Gary Swim, location manager of High Park/Locke & Key Production indicated.

The Hollywood Reporter described the show as a "horror/fantasy series that revolves around three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Maine only to find the house has magical keys that give them an array of powers."

Swim originally gave an estimate to Lunenburg officials that the town would see a crew of between 75 to 80 people with filming in various parts of the town, including the Hillcrest Cemetery, taking place during daytime hours.

The website comicbook.com reported that Locke & Key creator Joe Hill told a panel at the San Diego Comic Com earlier in 2019 that after Hulu dropped the story Netflix was keen to pick it up.

"The show is wrapped, all 10 episodes have been shot," comicbook.com quoted Hill as saying. "I've seen the first eight episodes and it's like TV crack. It just runs really hard...The best thing that could've happened is Hulu not going through with the show. Every time we've gone back to the drawing board the show has become more itself, more tapped into the spirit of what's going on in the comics."

Despite a set-back in the film industry when the provincial Liberal government removed the film credit in 2018, Lunenburg remains a popular spot for filming.

In late September Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline were in the town for the filming of The Good House.

The film is an adaption of the New York Times Best Seller, The Good House, by Ann Leary. It's being directed by Emmy-nominee Maya Forbes and Emmy-winner Wally Wolodarsky, based on a script they co-wrote.

The story follows Hildy Good (Weaver), a wry New England realtor and descendant of the Salem witches, whom, according to the press release, "loves her wine and loves her secrets.

"Her compartmentalized life starts to unravel as she rekindles an old romance and becomes dangerously entwined in one person's reckless behaviour."

Weaver and Kline previously appeared on screen together in the 1993 Oscar -nominated comedy, Dave, and the 1997 drama, The Ice Storm.

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