With The Vampire Diaries coming to an end with season eight, the CW is already considering another bloodsucker series to fill the gap: a small-screen adaptation of classic ’80s flick The Lost Boys – and there are some ambitious plans for it.
According to Deadline, the CW is developing the series with Veronica Mars creator and I, Zombie showrunner Rob Thomas. The 1987 film, starring Kiefer Sutherland and directed by Joel Schumacher, was set in then-contemporary California, featuring a family who move to a slightly skeevy beach resort which is infested with teen vampires (teens in both body and in attitude); like the Lost Boys in Peter Pan, they never grow old. It may also have been a satire on California’s plastic surgery culture (the desire to stay forever young and obsession with the body beautiful) but with Schumacher as director? Probably not. He doesn’t really do subtle.
The TV series could be very different. Apparently the first season would be set in San Francisco in 1967 then each subsequent season would be set a decade onwards, with final seventh season set in 2020s.
There was a similar plan for a near-forgotten (but actually quite good) alien invasion show called Dark Skies (1996). Sadly that was cancelled after one season so we only ever got to see the show set in the ’60s. Let’s hope The Lost Boys doesn’t suffer the same fate. Of course, because the series is about vampires, the central cast wouldn’t have to age ten years with each season. But we do hope they get their cut after the ’80s.