Deadline is exclusively reporting that the CW is planning for life after The Vampire Diaries by creating another vampire drama based on a well known property by adapting The Lost Boys, the 1987 cult classic from Warner Bros. with Veronica Mars and iZombie creator Rob Thomas handling the series.
The 1987 original film had us following a mother and her two sons moving to Santa Carla, California following a recent divorce. The town is plagued by bikers and mysterious deaths. The two brothers are making new friends with younger brother Sam meeting with the Frog brothers who claim to be vampire hunters whilst the older brother Michael is drawn into a gang of bikers due to his attraction to a mysterious girl named Star. Things start to take a turn for the weird after Michael spends one night the bikers led by one of them named David.
The series, which will also be written by Rob Thomas, will be a re-imagining of the film which starred Jason Patric, Keifer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman. The report states that the network/Thomas is envisioning a seven-season run with the ambition is to tell a story spanning seventy years, each season chronicling a decade. The first season will be set in San Francisco during 1967, the Summer of Love. Each season will have different characters (on the human side), settings and antagonists, only the vampires, The Lost Boys, will remain the same.
Rob Thomas will serve as Executive Producer via Spondoolie Productions alongside collaborators Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge, with Gulfstream principal’s Mike Karz and Bill Bindley. Gulfstream Television head Juliana Janes, who was instrumental in putting the project together, will oversee the series for the company.
I’m a fan of the original film of The Lost Boys (in my Top 365 Films list), the sequels not so much, and while I was initially skeptical when I heard The Lost Boys was being developed for television, using it to put a different spin on the anthology series structure by changing everything except for the Lost Boys themselves does intrigue me. I did chuckle a bit when the report said it’s being aimed for a seven season run….this is the CW Network, if this thing becomes a big hit when it gets off and running in the first season the CW will try and stretch that show out for a decade if possible. It will be interesting to see who will be cast as The Lost Boys that will stay through the course of the series.