The Lost Boys have been found. The CW is developing a TV adaptation of Joel Schumacher’s 1987 cult classic as a replacement for The Vampire Diaries, according to Deadline.
Veronica Mars and iZombie creator Rob Thomas is spearheading this new adaptation in conjunction with Gulfstream TV and Warner Bros. Television.
The original movie starred Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman.
‘The Lost Boys’ will run seven seasons, 70 decades
Thomas and The CW are banking on The Lost Boys to be a hit. Per Deadline, the show is envisioned as a seven-season, anthology series that explores what it means to be immortal. The Lost Boys will tell a story spanning 70 years, with each season chronicling a decade.
“Season 1 will be set in San Francisco during the Summer of Love, 1967. Each season, the humans, the setting, the antagonist and the story all change — only the vampires, our Lost Boys, who like the Peter Pan characters never grow up, remain the same.”
Adapting a cult classic
The movie-version of The Lost Boys was about two Arizona brothers, played by Patric and Haim, who move to a California town where they take on a gang of vampires led by Sutherland. The TV adaptation doesn’t sound like it will stick to the same story, but that’s not always a bad thing.
We are in the age of remakes. Every beloved film from the 80’s is being taken off the shelf, dusted off and “updated” for current audiences. Sometimes this works out (Dawn of the Dead), and sometimes it doesn’t (Total Recall, Robocop, Arthur, Rollerball, you get the picture…). Now it seems like studios have somewhat moved past big screen remakes and, instead, pivoted to adapting movies for television. This year alone Training Day, Frequency, Lethal Weapon and Time After Time have small screen adaptations on the way.
The Lost Boys has one thing going for it that the aforementioned shows are missing: Rob Thomas. Thomas’ previous efforts in television have proven him to be capable of telling a compelling story week after week while engaging audiences outside of the timeslot. Veronica Mars’ Kickstarter is proof of that.
It’s unclear yet if The Lost Boys will fade into obscurity like last year’s Rush Hour, or flourish on the genre-friendly network. As a fan of the film, I’m rooting for the latter.