If you’re a huge fan of Joel Schumacher’s 1987 cult vampire classic The Lost Boys (and chances are that if you clicked on this, you very well might be) then you’re not alone. The horror-comedy is a favourite here at Den Of Geek, but we were a little reticent to get excited about a planned TV series adaptation for The CW network when we first heard one was being developed.
Firstly, the film’s actual sequels have arguably not been that great, and secondly, The Lost Boys fans have gotten used to having their hopes dashed these past three decades. After all, rumours swirled for aeons about a possible sequel where Schumacher would return to direct a bunch of Lost Girls, and that project sadly never materialised.
But when we heard that Rob Thomas, the man behind both the excellent Veronica Mars and iZombie, was behind a new TV series, we were pretty much immediately on board. While we continue to hold our breath (just in case), it does seem as though the show is still pressing ahead, although the previous pilot, written by Scandal‘s Heather Mitchell and directed by Twlight‘s Catherine Hardwickw, has now been ditched, and a new pilot ordered.
The Lost Boys TV series cast
The previous pilot had cast the likes of Teen Wolf‘s Tyler Posey, but the new pilot has let go all of the original cast, save for two actors – Medalion Rahimi and Dakota Shapiro – who play the new versions of Star and David.
The Lost Boys TV series release date
We would expect this to arrive in mid-2020, if the new pilot makes the grade.
The Lost Boys TV series plot
This was the plot of the original pilot, via Deadline:
After the sudden death of their father, brothers Michael and Sam Emerson move to Santa Carla with their mother, Lucy, who hopes to start anew in the town where she grew up. But the brothers soon find themselves being drawn deeper and deeper into the seductive world of Santa Carla’s eternally beautiful and youthful undead.
Michael and Lucy were played by Jason Patric and Dianne Wiest, respectively, in the 1987 movie directed by Joel Schumacher. Shapiro plays David, portrayed by Kiefer Sutherand in the film, while Rahimi plays Stella, a version of the Star character played by Jami Gertz.
Still mourning the death of her husband, Lucy is forced to move back home to Santa Carla — something she’s dreaded since causing a town scandal 27 years ago, when she ditched her boyfriend to run off with another man.
Lucy’s elder son Michael’s plan to attend Columbia Medical school is thrown off by the diagnosis that he shares the same genetic weakness that killed his father. The only thing that consoles him is the friendship he strikes up with Stella, a young woman who runs a concession stand on the Santa Carla boardwalk.
Stella, carefree and Californian, has an immediate spark with Michael, but she’s not single: Her boyfriend is the sexy, dangerous and immortal vampire David, who is sometimes scary and always intense. The leader of a vampire gang, he’s wildly in love with Stella, who’s the only one who can control him.
The Lost Boys TV series film changes
Thomas previously chatted to Collider about how his version of The Lost Boys will be different, and how he plans to structure the narrative around season arcs.
“I don’t know if it was the chicken or the egg first,” Thomas mused. “I felt like the vampires in a new television version were not simply the bad guys. In The Lost Boys movie, the vampires are bad. I didn’t think I would structure each season, so there’s a group of bad guys who are vampires, each year, that we’re trying to defeat. Part of it was wanting to have vampires who are not as goody-goody as Liv is in [iZombie]. I think that group of vampires can actually exist within the framework of the show I’m presenting The CW with. Those exact four guys can exist in the world that I’m creating. There are a number of these four-person and five-person groups of vampires who are roaming around together, so it’s possible you could run into that group, but I’m not playing that exact group. For one thing, they’re supposed to die in the ‘80s.”
Thomas is clearly fanatical about the original story, though, as he went on to explain.
“I’ve adapted things where I’ve been religious about the material. Clearly, with iZombie, we took a lot of liberties. The story that I’m trying to tell in Season 1 of The Lost Boys is a story about two brothers and how tempted they are to fall in with these vampires and how tempted they are to want to be 22 forever. I am leaning into the Peter Pan notion of, if you join these vampires, you never have to grow up. Your life can be fun and you can attack life each day you’re immortal, and how appealing is that? I read a bit about what the original writer’s intentions were, and how a lot of that Peter Pan imagery got pulled away from what they ended up doing. I’m pushing it back in there.”
Collider’s Witching Hour podcast scooped an interesting change for the series – the Frog Brothers would become the Frog Sisters in the original pilot. Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander famously played Edgar and Alan Frog in the film franchise, but two women would be fighting for “truth, justice and the American way” in the TV version.