In May, The CW passed on the pilot for a series based on the 1987 film ‘The Lost Boys’. At the time, it wasn’t a hard pass, but it was announced that the pilot would be “re-piloted off-cycle and undergo reshoots as soon as some changes have been made.” Now it sounds as though the changes are going to be much more massive. Warner Bros. TV has released the entire cast with the exception of Medalion Rahimi and Dakota Shapiro. Rahimi was cast as Stella, a variation of Jamie Gertz’s Star from the film, while Shapiro portrayed David, the Keifer Sutherland role. While the rest of the cast’s holds expired, Rahimi and Shapiro’s were extended.
The CW has been trying to make ‘The Lost Boys’ a reality for a few years, with Rob Thomas working on a pilot for the 2016-17 season, but after he got busy with the ‘Veronica Mars’ reboot for Hulu, Heather Mitchell submitted a script that the studio seemed to love. But according to Deadline, the pilot didn’t “come together in the execution,” which has led to the entire project being nearly completely recast.
In The Lost Boys reboot, 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.
The original pilot also starred Kiele Sanchez, Tyler Posey, and Rio Mangini as Lucy, Michael, and Sam, with Del Zamora as Lucy’s hippie father, Cheyenne Haynes and Haley Tju as the Frog Sisters, Liza and Cassie, Sarah Hay as Mollie, a character created for the series, and David’s rival for leadership of the vampires, as well as Jaycie Dotin, Courtney Paige, Jerry Trimble, and Preston Vanderslice.
Mitchell and Thomas both remain attached as executive producers, and it is believed that Mitchell’s script will still be used.
In May, The CW ordered new series ‘Batwoman’, ‘Katy Keene’ (a spinoff of ‘Riverdale’), and ‘Nancy Drew’.
Despite its hiccups, there is still hope for ‘The Lost Boy’. Another promising pilot that The CW didn’t pick up, ‘Glamorous’, is now dead, as the holds on the cast expired.
Are you still looking forward to a series based on ‘The Lost Boys’?