Last month during San Diego Comic-Con, The Vampire Diaries showrunner Julian Plec confirmed that the upcoming eighth season would be the end of the road for the popular supernatural drama. But apparently The CW isn’t quite done with vampires yet – Deadline is reporting that Veronica Mars and iZombie creator Rob Thomas has been tapped for a new take on Joel Schumacher’s 1987 horror comedy The Lost Boys.
At first glance, the notion of rebooting The Lost Boys sounds like just another attempt to capitalize on name recognition to boost an otherwise doomed project, but when you throw Thomas into the mix, then you have my attention. And here’s the real kicker: the series is being envisioned as a seven-season anthology-style run. Beginning in San Francisco in 1967, each new season will be set in a new decade, with a completely different cast of supporting characters – but the Lost Boys themselves will remain a constant, and (much like their Peter Pan namesakes) will never get any older.
As skeptical as I may be about an updated take on The Lost Boys, I have to admit that at its core, this idea sounds like it could be a lot of fun. FX has found great success with the anthology format in Fargo and American Horror Story, with the latter making for a particularly apt connection due to its genre themes and frequent recycling of talent from previous seasons. Granted, I don’t expect The CW to stray nearly as far into the violence and sexuality that have become a staple of the AHS viewing experience, but hopefully The Lost Boys turns out to be a bit more edgy than some of the network’s other offerings.
Thomas will serve as writer and executive producer for the series, which will reimagine the 1987 cult classic and “explore what it really means to be immortal.” No word yet on whether Thomas is planning to use any of the same characters for his version of The Lost Boys, or whether or not we can expect cameo appearances from any of the original actors. Personally, I’d love to see Jason Patric or Kiefer Sutherland pop up in a minor role – hell, I’d even be willing to accept Corey Feldman, just for a little bit of fan service.
No word yet on how far along the development process is for The Lost Boys, or when we might expect it to debut. Thomas obviously still has some commitments to iZombie that will be taking up a portion of his schedule, so we’re probably looking at late 2017, or maybe even early 2018, before the project could see the light of day. Not that vampires should be seeing the light of day, of course, because… oh, nevermind.
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