Could the unaired Locke and Key pilot kill the new movie?

We loved the unaired pilot for the TV show based on Joe Hill's comic Locke and Key, but now its existence could be preventing us from getting the recently announced Locke and Key movie. Apparently the film studio, Universal, is worried the pilot could be released just in time to steal the movie's thunder.

Talking to MTV, Joe Hill explained the tangle of negotiations the studio is having with Fox television over making sure the two versions of Locke and Key don't conflict:

[Universal is] dealing with a bureaucracy as labyrinthine and implacable as their own: FOX TV. Uni wants to avoid spending $25 million on a movie, and then have FOX steal their thunder by releasing a three-year-old pilot.

FOX wants to see some coin on all the money they sank into the pilot in the first place. The lawyers all have to validate their salaries. That said, Alex and Bob are the two most tenacious people I've ever met, and if anyone can see 'Locke & Key' through the contractual maze, and on into production, it's them.

Of course all this could've been avoided if FOX had just made the series. I know I'm biased, but I kinda think they bet on the wrong ponies that season.

The "wrong ponies" he's talking about are Terra Nova, Alcatraz and The Finder. For more, including Hill's thoughts on the Tales from the Darkside reboot he's working on, head over to MTV. [via SciFiNow]