Earlier this year we shared a story that The Lost Boys was being developed as a TV show on the CW, primarily from the vision of producer Rob Thomas who has been trying to get The Lost Boys back on screens for years. However, the pilot was filmed and then we heard pretty much nothing about the show since, so what’s happening?
Rob Thomas caught up with EW and talked about some of the issues they have had so far, he also seems very confident that the show will be ordered to series soon. Apparently, CW passed on ordering to series after the pilot was filmed, but a new version of the pilot is in development with some changes made. Check it out.
“We’re so close! I mean, CW never remakes a pilot, and they’re remaking this one because they believe in it, and we just have to get a couple more things right this time on it. Hopefully it will be on the air next year.”
“I am not attached as the showrunner; I am one of the producers on it,” Thomas reveals. “A writer named Heather Mitchell, who comes out of the Shondaland world, is writing it for us and would be the showrunner. We are making a new pilot. I go directly from this phone call into a conference call about the latest outline of Lost Boys, so we are making progress.”
“This has been a odyssey for me with Lost Boys,” he says. “I have been trying to get Lost Boys — I was about to say trying to get Lost Boys to see the light of day, and that sounded so embarrassingly punny to me that I will rephrase that sentence. I’ve been trying to get Lost Boys off the ground for the better part of four years now, first as a movie, then as a pilot that I wrote, and now as a pilot that Heather’s written. We just shot a pilot that did not quite work; we plan on shooting another one. Hopefully this fourth attempt of ours will be the charm. Lost Boys deserves to be on TV.”
Hmm, I have serious worries for this show and I say that as a big fan of the original 1987 movie. For a start, CW shows are not normally my cup of tea, and tend to run series to series without much thought or planning of the narrative beyond that stage. Secondly, I see The Lost Boys as a cult hit that since its inception no one seems to be able to replicate. All the sequels have been extremely poor thus far and the idea of rebooting this as a TV show fills me with I’m afraid nothing more than apathy at this point.
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I mean, they could pull off something unique and cool that captures attention again, but I instead have an average YA show in my head full of soap opera level actors and minimal horror elements or complex themes. I feel like I can already see where they are going with this, after looking at the success of The Vampire Diaries and Twilight etc. However, maybe they will surprise me and develop a quirky cult classic like the original movie was, I won’t hold my breath though. Going by current CW shows I have watched, the fact they didn’t like the pilot tells me there are a lot of issues to be worked out with this, and again, that’s a worrying sign to me.
Do you hope Lost Boys makes it to series or like me would you rather see this idea shelved for a proper movie sequel that ignores all that came after the original movie?
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