About a month ago, we learned that The CW had passed on the pilot for ‘The Lost Boys’ based on the 1987 vampire movie of the same name. But the network is still interested in the idea, so writer Heather Mitchell, who wrote the screenplay for the rejected pilot, is rewriting it, with plans to shoot a new pilot. Executive producer Rob Thomas offered a bit of an update, saying:
“The writer, Heather Mitchell, is doing a rewrite on the script right now, we have gotten through the notes process. We are going to shoot the pilot this fall. 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.”
Though it may seem like the process of bringing ‘The Lost Boys’ to series has been lengthy, this is a project that Thomas has been trying to bring to fruition for years.
“It’s been four years that I have been playing around with Lost Boys, trying to get it made. Two years ago, I wrote a very outside-the-box version of it. The network didn’t want to go that far outside the box. So, fortunately, the writer who is working on it right now, Heather Mitchell, loves the original movie and is eager to make the series look a little bit more like the original Lost Boys. It’s two human brothers showing up in this California beach town with the amusement park and a vampire infestation. It’s going to have a lot in common with the movie.”
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.
Only two actors from the first pilot are being kept for the new take– Medalion Rahimi and Dakota Shapiro. Rahimi plays Stella, a character based on Jami Gertz’s Star in the movie, while Shapiro plays David, the leader of the vampires, and the role played by Kiefer Sutherland in the movie.
Stella is “carefree and Californian, has an immediate spark with Michael, but she’s not single: Her boyfriend is the sexy, dangerous and immortal vampire David, who is sometimes scary and always intense. The leader of a vampire gang, he’s wildly in love with Stella, who’s the only one who can control him.”
Since the pilot is filming this fall, it will be eligible for the 2020 pilot season and could be picked up for next fall. If they still don’t like the pilot after all this retooling, though, maybe it’s time to just give up on turning ‘The Lost Boys’ into a TV show.
Are you still interested in seeing a show based on Joel Schumacher’s 1987 hit?