Friends, you might have already heard the news the other day about a possible upcoming television series based on 1987’s The Lost Boys. It appears that a pilot has been given the green-light and ordered by the CW. Details are a little scarce at this moment but it sounds like from the report and synopsis provided by Deadline that it will not be a continuation of the story from the film but a reboot.
Which I suppose when you think about it is understandable in this case – while those of us of a certain age look on The Lost Boys as a classic vampire film, the target audiences for the CW might not have ever seen the original film in the first place. If the pilot is picked up and becomes a series – the showrunners will definitely have the luxury to greatly expand the backstories of the characters involved. And while I will admit I certainly have a knee-jerk reaction to the news about a possible TV series for The Lost Boys – I will hold my judgement until I get to see a commercial/trailer for the show.
The pilot for The Lost Boys is far from the first attempt at creating a show for the franchise, one that includes two direct-to-video sequels. Interestingly enough there was a desire in creating a sequel for the film in 1989 – which if it would have been filmed would have been called The Lost Girls and if you go by the Wikipedia, would have also featured Kiefer Sutherland’s David. Which makes me wonder if the film would have possibly been a prequel instead of a sequel to the 1987 movie.
From Deadline this is what is known about the future pilot at this moment:
“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.”
Another interesting fact about the original 1987 film is that it began as a horror version of The Goonies. In fact Richard Donner was originally approached to helm the picture before finding his attention diverted to making Lethal Weapon which was also released in 1987. It briefly landed in the lap of future Pet Sematary Director Mary Lambert before Joel Schumacher was attached – although he wanted to raise the age of the main cast, in addition to making it more violent.
Actually, why not listen to Kiefer Sutherland himself explain why he was originally hesitant to accept the role and how Schumacher won him over.