Universal has optioned "Locke and Key", the acclaimed supernatural comic book series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, to develop as a feature film.
Set in a small Massachusetts village, the story follows a mother and her three children who move into their family estate after her husband is murdered.
The vast estate has many areas only accessible by special keys, while a malevolent force within the house lures the husband's killer to the town to finish off the rest of the family.
The comic was adapted into a TV pilot for Fox in 2011, but said pilot wasn't picked up. It was then revealed last year that "Star Trek" scribes Orci and Kurtzman were developing the property as a film trilogy.
Ted Adams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Bobby Cohen will produce.