A TV series based on a sexy teen-vampire movie seems like a natural fit for the CW, home of all things sexy and teen (and genre, and based on legacy characters). But the CW’s series adaptation of The Lost Boys has been languishing in a hell state between life and death since time began. Vulture first reported on the show in 2016, when Rob Thomas was attached. That version of The Lost Boys would have spanned 70 years, with each season doing a different decade pastiche. Thomas’s version sounded almost American Horror Story-y in the way it would blend anthology and recurring players. But Thomas got busy with Veronica Mars, so the property was passed along to Heather Mitchell.
Mitchell’s script hewed closer to the movie, with a mom and her two sons moving to Santa Carla after the death of their father. That script got turned into a pilot starring Teen Wolf’s Tyler Posey. But the CW passed on that pilot. Now a major retool has been ordered, putting a stake through the heart of all but two of the original pilot’s actors. According to Deadline, the only two actors not yet released from their contract are Medalion Rahimi (who plays the mysterious and tortured lady vampire) and Dakota Shapiro (who plays the Kiefer Sutherland role). Mitchell serves as executive producer, along with Rob Thomas and Dan Etheridge. Hopefully this version will see the light of day. Or you know, not day, because that kills vampires.