For fans of the classic 80’s vampire movie The Lost Boys, news of a reboot based on the movie should get you excited. Or, perhaps you are over 2016 being the year of the reboot? Regardless of whether you are looking forward to revisiting Santa Carla and its vampire problem or not, here’s everything we know about the new series.
The CW Network is the network that is bringing The Lost Boys to the small screen. It seems, as they bid farewell to one vampire show (The Vampire Diaries), they will pick up another. Considering how popular Stranger Things made the 80s, perhaps this is a wise move, while still engaging the vampire genre.
Rob Thomas — of iZombie fame, not the singer — will be the one developing the script for the TV adaptation of The Lost Boys. According to Deadline, The Lost Boys reboot will be “a seven-season, anthology-style run, the series will tell a story spanning 70 years, each season chronicling a decade.” Yes, The CW Network is hoping this version of The Lost Boys will run for a whopping seven seasons! Although, considering how much fun iZombie is, perhaps Rob Thomas can really pull this off.
Season 1 of The Lost Boys reboot will be set in 1967, 20 years before the original movie was released. It will be based in San Francisco, rather than the fictional California town of Santa Carla.
Now, as to be expected, because The Lost Boys reboot is anticipating a seven-season run over seven decades, only the vampires will remain the same throughout the series. Considering just how inhuman the vampires were by the 80s though, it will be interesting to see if The CW Network can make them more palatable as the main characters. Although, remember, by the end of The Lost Boys movie, these vampires had been killed, so Rob Thomas will also have this hurdle to get around in the TV series.
The Lost Boys TV series will be executive produced by Thomas, via Spondoolie Productions, along with his frequent collaborators Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge. Also joining him will be Gulfstream principals Mike Karz and Bill Bindley.
Rob Thomas jumped on board The Lost Boys reboot after Gulfstream pitched it via its overall deal with WBTV. Thomas is also under an overall deal at WBTV and helped pitch The Lost Boys series. In the end, two networks were impressed, but the overall win went to The CW Network.
Now, if you are excited about The Lost Boys reboot but can’t wait until the series premieres, Variety recently announced there would also be a comic book miniseries released based on movie. The comic books are due for release by Vertigo on October 12. The comics will be a sequel to the movie, using the surviving characters from The Lost Boys. The comics will be written by Tim Seeley (DC’s Grayson and Nightwing) and drawn by artists Scott Godlewski (The Dark & Bloody, Copperhead) and Patricia Mulvihill (The Dark & Bloody, Hellblazer), with covers by Tony Harris.
In the past, the magic that was The Lost Boys movie has tried to be recaptured several times. A sequel, Lost Boys: The Tribe, was released in 2008. Even though this was not hugely successful, another movie, Lost Boys: The Thirst, was released in 2010. Corey Feldman, who played Edgar Frog in the original movie, reprised his character for both sequels.
The Lost Boys movie, released in 1987, originally starred Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Dianne Wiest, Edward Herrmann, Alex Winter, Jamison Newlander, and Barnard Hughes. It was directed by Joel Schumacher. As yet, no release date for this series has been announced.
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