Warner Bros. TV's planned series adaptation of The Lost Boys for The CW is going through a major overhaul behind the scenes, as a new pilot is slated to be shot with an almost entirely new cast. Previously, a pilot for the show had been filmed, which was presented to the network back in May. However, The CW was left unimpressed with what they saw, leading to Warner Bros. giving it another go with a different cast of characters. Of the previously-reported cast members to be involved, only Medalion Rahimi and Dakota Shapiro have had their opetions extended, and the rest of the characters in the series will all be replaced. The plan now is for the reworked pilot to be shot before the end of the year after new cast members are chosen.
For the potential series, Shapiro will play the vampire David, which is the role originally made famous by Kiefer Sutherland. Meanwhile, Rahimi will play the character Stella, which is based on Jami Gertz' Star from the original. One aspect of the planned series that was heavily criticized was changing the Frog Brothers into the Frog Sisters, with Cheyenne Haynes and Haley Tju taking over the roles originally played by Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander. It's not clear if the pilot's retooling will be swapping their genders back to male or if they'll be casting new actresses for the parts.
Previously, it was reported Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke helmed the pilot, using a script written by Heather Mitchell. While there are going to be some notable differences between the series and its source material, the basic gist of the plot remains the same. It follows brothers Michael and Sam Emerson and their mother Lucy upon their move to the city of Santa Carla. Trouble arises when the boys learn the true nature of their new city as they discover its home to a gang of young vampires.
The original 1987 movie version of The Lost Boys is widely considered to be one of the very best vampire movies of all time. Directed by Joel Schumacher, the cult classic still holds up and is often talked about by horror fans to this day. Over two decades past its release, the movie would finally get an official sequel, with a third installment later arriving in 2010. Given its popularity, it was a little strange it had taken so long for the movie to be given the reboot treatment as most other popular horror movies from the '80s, but it was just a matter of time.
If The CW still isn't impressed after the second version of a Lost Boys pilot is submitted, that will probably be the potential show's demise. Clearly, the network sees some promise in resurrecting the movie as a TV series, but they also seem to be expecting a certain level of quality. Time will tell if the show ever in fact makes it to television, but I don't see those involved spending even more money on the ill-fated project with a third attempt. This information comes to us from Deadline.