The CW and “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas have been working on a potential TV series adaptation of Joel Schumacher’s classic 1980s vampire film “The Lost Boys” for years now.
First put into development four years ago, the project was developed, retooled, a pilot was then shot and rejected by the network, and that is now being retooled and will be reshot this Fall.
Speaking with Deadline the other day, Thomas confirmed they’ve gotten through the notes process and that writer Heather Mitchell is doing a rewrite on the script right now with about 40% of the pilot being redone.
Two cast members from the original pilot, Medalion Rahimi and Dakota Shapiro, are being kept on while all the other roles are being replaced. Shapiro and Rahimi play versions of the characters played by Kiefer Sutherand and Jami Gertz in the original.
Thomas also spoke about how getting the show going has been a struggle:
“Its 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…. she wants to keep it a lot more recognizable.”
In the series, brother 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 CW reportedly remains high on the property and will aim to have the project ready for a 2020 launch should the pilot be approved.