The Lost Boys TV series has been ruminating at The CW since 2016. Now the network has confirmed that it has officially ordered a pilot of the reboot of the popular ’80s vampire film. However, the network’s retention of the project became contingent upon a radical retooling of the pilot script that also saw all but two of its cast members dismissed.
Rob Thomas, who created Veronica Mars and iZombie, was originally set to be the showrunner, writer and executive producer through his Spondoolie Productions, along with Danielle Stokdyk, Dan Etheridge, Mike Karz and Bill Bindley. Thomas remains on the project as an executive producer but he also has a busy dance card with the Veronica Mars revival set to debut this year on Hulu.
The Lost Boys TV pilot will be directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), who will work off a script by Heather Mitchell (Scandal).
The Lost Boys News
The Lost Boys’ retooling process is still moving along smoothly, and its pilot prospects appear to be on schedule. As executive producer Rob Thomas told Deadline at the TCAs:
“The writer, Heather Mitchell, is doing a rewrite on the script right now, we have gotten through the notes process.” He adds, “We are going to shoot the pilot this fall.”
The producer also reveals that, while the retooling has seen the dismissal of the entire cast, save for two, the process wasn’t a total makeover, having preserved about 60% of what was originally planned. As Thomas – who’s been attempting to adapt The Lost Boys on TV for four years now – further explains:
“There were scenes that we thought we could do a better job on, so it’s going through a 40% rewrite. It’s not a total rewrite.
The Lost Boys Cast
Per a June 28 report from Deadline, The CW was not satisfied with the pilot turned in. Since the network is still high on the script, they will give the pilot another shot with an almost entirely new cast.
The only two holdovers from the original pilot will be Medalion Rahimi (Still Star-Crossed) who will play Stella, and Dakota Shapiro (Valley of the Boom) who will play David. Both of which are main cast roles.
Everyone else has been booted but for posterity’s sake, here is who appeared in the now defunct pilot: as provided again by Deadline.
Rio Mangini (Everything Sucks!) played Sam, described as “Michael’s younger brother, whose high level of literacy is matched by an equally high level of snark. He seems to be the only one not enchanted by Santa Carla — a sentiment he shares with a pair of local girls, the Frog Sisters.”
Del Zamora (Mayans MC) played Frank Garcia, described as “Lucy’s father, a cantankerous old hippie who owns a beloved local bed and breakfast. In spite of his laid-back appearance, he’s a strict disciplinarian who probably knows more about the dark side of town than he cares to tell.”
Sarah Hay (Flesh and Bone) played Mollie. As the description reveals, “Turned into a vampire by David, Mollie has become her maker’s rival for leadership of the vampire gang. She travels in a small pack with her eternally 8-year-old son, Laddie, and a guardian, Hiram, who’s there to make sure she doesn’t get into too much trouble.”
Cheyenne Haynes (Camping) played Frog Sister Liza.
Haley Tju (Bella and the Bulldogs) played Frog Sister Cassie.
As the description states collectively of the Frog Sisters, “Sharp, cool and lightly Goth, the Frog Sisters are teenage locals who work at Santa Carla’s comic-book store. Until Sam arrives, they think they’re the only ones aware of the darkness in this town.”
Tyler Posey (Supergirl, Teen Wolf) played the central character in troubled new kid in town, Michael (presumably the show’s version of Jason Patric’s movie protagonist, Michael Emerson).
Kiele Sanchez (Kingdom, Lost) played Michael’s mother, Lucy (Dianne Wiest’s movie character), who is looking for a fresh start by moving to the town in which she grew up. Interestingly, Sanchez is only 14 years the senior of her show son, Posey, and we were initially expecting her to play a Frog Sister.
The Lost Boys Story
The logline for the series reads:
Welcome to sunny seaside Santa Carla, home to a beautiful boardwalk, all the cotton candy you can eat…and a secret underworld of vampires. After the sudden death of their father, two brothers move to Santa Carla with their mother, who hopes to start anew in the town where she grew up. But the brothers find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the seductive world of Santa Carla’s eternally beautiful and youthful undead.
Collider’s Witching Hour podcast has scooped an interesting change for the series – the Frog Brothers are set to become the Frog Sisters. Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander famously played Edgar and Alan Frog in the film franchise, but it looks like two women will be fighting for “truth, justice and the American way” in the TV version.
Shortly after the project was announced two years ago, Thomas shared his vision for the reimagining, saying that he wanted to restore vampires to their rightful perch as the bad guys of pop culture.
“I felt like the vampires in a new television version were not simply the bad guys,” he said. “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).”
Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Lost Boys starred Jason Patric and Corey Haim as two brothers who are close enough to let each other know when they have bad breath. Kiefer Sutherland served rice. The movie also starred Corey Haim Jami Gertz, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, Barnard Hughes and featured ripped sax man Tim Cappello.
The Lost Boys joins The Exorcist as the newest horror classic to be adapted for the small screen. It’s a reboot heavy time for television with Riverdale, Nancy Drew, and Jane the Virgin all getting reboots, spinoffs, or reimaginings at The CW alone. But as long as TV is going to borrow from other medium, it might as well keep taking the best stuff.
The Lost Boys Release Date
Don’t expect this one before early 2020. As soon as we know more, we’ll update you.
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