With The Vampire Diaries about to hit it’s final season in October this year, that leaves a rather large vampire shaped hole in the schedule of it’s US network The CW. So the question is, what do you fill that with? The answer is of course, more vampires! This time, it would be in the form of a re-imagining of the classic 80’s film The Lost Boys.
The original moive starred Jason Patric (Narc, Wayward Pines), Dianne Wiest (Life in Pieces, In Treatment), and 80’s icons Corey’s Haim & Feldman, as a family which moves to a small town of Santa Carla, California, which just happens to be infested with vampires… one of whom is Kiefer Sutherland. It also had one of the best soundtrack albums of any 80’s movie!
The new show would take a slightly different tack. Envisaged as a 7 season anthology series, it would span a 70 year time period, with each season taking a decade to play out. The first would start in San Francisco’s 1967 Summer of Love, but every season would change location, time, and human cast, with only the ageless vampire ‘Lost Boys’ characters returning.
The show would be written by Rob Thomas, the man behind Veronica Mars, 90210 and iZombie, with backing from Gulfstream TV and Warner Bros Television.
This is one of a number of movie remake projects coming to US TV at this season. Training Day, Lethal Weapon, Frequency, Jack Ryan, and Taken have all recently had movie-to-tv conversions. 80’s nostalgia is also pretty big at the moment, with shows such as the revival of Macgyver, and Netflix’s smash hit, Stranger Things.
This seems like a win for The CW, and a good option to fill the hole left by TVD. The anthology idea is also an interesting premise, allowing them to really dig into the lives of these immortal characters. It potentially could also allow bigger names to be cast in the human roles, as they would only ever needed to be signed on for one season.
As this is only in early development at the moment, their is obviously no air date info, but we will keep you updated.