The CW are adding another TV show based on a film to their roster in the form of a reboot to The Lost Boys. Veronica Mars and iZombie creator Rob Thomas will develop the series, but don't expect to see any biker vampires with mullets, yet.
The TV series won't be a direct remake as it's believed to be an anthology with each season unfolding in a different decade. According to Variety, the first season will take place in 1967, so we would have to wait until season three before they reach the 80s setting from the movie. Given that vampires tend to live forever (unless they encounter a wooden stake or bath of holy water), it's a neat idea to keep the Lost Boys the only permanent fixture amongst the cast.
Released back in 1987, The Lost Boys starred Kiefer Sutherland as David, the fresh-faced leader of a gang of vampire motorcycle enthusiasts. David attempts to recruit new boy in town Jason Patric, but his brother (played by Corey Haim) and his new vampire hunter friends The Frog Brother (Cory Feldman & Jamison Newlander) have plans to wipe out all the bloodsuckers clogging up their seaside town.
Directed by Joel Schumacher, The Lost Boys was a new breed of vampire movie and contained some of the best footage of an oiled up guy playing saxophone ever committed to film. Two straight to video sequels brought Feldman back (and Newlander for part three), but neither were a worthy successor to the original.
While I have enjoyed many of the upstanding shows on The CW (Flash, Arrow, Supernatural, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), the cynic in me can't help but feel that The CW isn't the right home for the project. True Blood proved that sex & violence don't equal must see vampire TV, but my concerns have nothing to do with network television content restrictions.
The next season of The Vampire Diaries will bring the long-running supernatural drama to an end, and I'm mildly concerned that The Lost Boys is being set-up as its replacement. By all means create a new vampire series that centres on broody ridiculously good looking immortals, but The Lost Boys deserves better treatment than that. My knee-jerk reaction will likely be shared by many fans, although as it's early days (and Rob Thomas is a safe pair of creative hands), there's no need to be overly panicked just yet.
You can't move for TV reboots of movies these days with just about every major network getting in on the action. Rush Hour, Lethal Weapon, The Exorcist, The Omen (Damien), Taken, Frequency, and Westworld are just some of the new additions that 2016 would have served up before its end.
Season three of iZombie launches this October.