We argue a lot about how Hollywood is simply just pushing sequels and reboots and not coming up with enough original shows. However, the TV world, while arguably pushing new frontiers more, also continues to rework old franchises and films into their domain. The latest case of this is that CW has reportedly picked up the TV show adaptation of the iconic 1987 Joel Schumacher directed The Lost Boys.
The Lost Boys film, which starred the rising talents of Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, was groundbreaking for its time (80s hairstyles aside). When we think of teenagers and vampires today, most of us cringe (thanks, Twilight), but this was a film which made it cool. And if we consider the vampire craze today, it shows that the film was arguable well ahead of its time. With that, it’s probably no surprise that they want to bring the story out now, when vampires are seemingly a big thing.
But for the TV series, which is being headed and written by Veronica Mars and iZombie creator Rob Thomas, they are looking to expand on the whole story a lot more. CW has ambitious plans to not just turn this into a 1 or 2 season hit show, but already envisions this becoming a much bigger series.
Deadline reports that the studio has plans for a seven-season, anthology-style run. The initial plan being for the series to tell a story spanning 70 years, each season chronicling a decade. Season 1 will be set in San Francisco during the Summer of Love, 1967. And for each season, the humans, the setting, the antagonist and the story all change — only the vampires, our Lost Boys, who never grow up, remain the same.
Those are certainly ambitious plans and whether it works out to a full seven seasons all depends on the success that they have with the first season. And just like the strength of The Lost Boys film lay in its casting, I think they will need to do the same thing with the TV series to make it appealing and relevant to audiences. And while I remain skeptical of TV show reboots of films, I certainly like the ambition shown here with this one. Now if I can just get that other earlier mentioned movie out of my head, I might bear to try watch this once its released.
Last Updated: August 19, 2016