Vampire TV shows are nothing new. But, if Rob Thomas has his way, he’s going to do something very new with The Lost Boys. The CW just revealed it has acquired a show based on the hit 1987 film that’ll explore what it means to be immortal.
According to Deadline, Thomas (who did Veronica Mars and iZombie) has a vision for the show that spans seven seasons. Each season would be set in a different decade with everything, except the Lost Boys characters, completely changed. They’re immortal vampires, after all. The network sees it as a replacement to the massive hit The Vampire Diaries, which will be ending soon.
The original 1987 film, directed by Joel Schumacher, was about a family who moved to fictional Santa Carla, CA and got mixed up with a group of vampire thugs. It starred Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, and Jami Gertz—and to this day is still one of my favorite films of all time. It also spawned several direct-to-DVD sequels, all of which suck to varying degrees.
I love the idea for this show, and I get the impetus to use The Lost Boys brand to hook in audiences. But really, Thomas’ idea and the film have very little in common. I guess, if they get a few seasons in, maybe the 1980s could be in Santa Carla though. That would be amazing.
And now, this.