"Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It's fun to be a vampire." Earlier this year, it was reported that The CW ordered a pilot episode of the potential The Lost Boys series, and now the first casting news for the project has been revealed, as well as who will be behind the camera for the new take on the 1987 horror movie of the same name.
Deadline reports that Tyler Posey (MTV's Teen Wolf, Blumhouse's Truth or Dare, the yet-to-be-released third season of MTV's Scream) has been cast as Michael Emerson (the character played by Jason Patric in the original film) in The Lost Boys pilot episode. Joining Posey in the cast is Kiele Sanchez, who will play Michael's mother, Lucy (played by Dianne Wiest in the movie), as well as Medalion Rahimi, who will portray Stella (based on the character Star, played by Jami Gertz in the film), and Dakota Shapiro, who will play David, the leader of a group of boardwalk bloodsuckers (the character was iconically played by Kiefer Sutherand in the movie version of The Lost Boys).
Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Red Riding Hood, Lords of Dogtown) will direct The Lost Boys pilot episode from a script by Heather Mitchell (Grey's Anatomy, Scandal). Rob Thomas (iZombie and Veronica Mars) had previously been developing The Lost Boys series, and he'll serve as executive producer alongside Mitchell, Dan Etheridge, Mike Karz, and Bill Bindley, with Rebecca Franko on board as a producer.
In addition to the casting news, Deadline revealed the following plot details for the potential Lost Boys series, which shares several key elements of its big screen predecessor, with a few intriguing twists:
"...The Lost Boys is set in sunny seaside Santa Carla, home to a beautiful boardwalk, all the cotton candy you can eat…and a secret underworld of vampires. After the sudden death of their father, brothers Michael (Posey) and Sam Emerson move to Santa Carla with their mother, Lucy (Sanchez), who hopes to start anew in the town where she grew up. But the brothers soon find themselves being drawn deeper and deeper into the seductive world of Santa Carla’s eternally beautiful and youthful undead…
Still mourning the death of her husband, Lucy (Sanchez) is forced to move back home to Santa Carla — something she’s dreaded since causing a town scandal 27 years ago, when she ditched her boyfriend to run off with another man.
Lucy’s elder son Michael’s plan to attend Columbia Medical school is thrown off by the diagnosis that he shares the same genetic weakness that killed his father. The only thing that consoles him is the friendship he strikes up with Stella, a young woman who runs a concession stand on the Santa Carla boardwalk.
Stella, carefree and Californian, has an immediate spark with Michael, but she’s not single: Her boyfriend is the sexy, dangerous and immortal vampire David, who is sometimes scary and always intense. The leader of a vampire gang, he’s wildly in love with Stella, who’s the only one who can control him."
There are still several key roles that have yet to be cast, including Michael's younger brother, Sam, the other members of David's vampire gang, Lucy's father (if he's included in this new version), and the vampire-hunting Frog Brothers (although, as reported on an episode of the Collider podcast, The Witching Hour, based on a scoop by Jeff Sneider, the Frog Brothers could be the Frog Sisters in the new series).
The original The Lost Boys movie featured a star-studded cast that included Jason Patric, Dianne Wiest, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Jamison Newlander, Billy Wirth, Alex Winter, and Chance Michael Corbitt, as well as the late Corey Haim, Edward Herrmann, Brooke McCarter, and Barnard Hughes.
Years after the original movie came out, two sequels—Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008) and Lost Boys: The Thirst (2010)—were released on home video.
Before it becomes a full series, we'll have to wait and see if The Lost Boys pilot episode will convince The CW to give it a full series order, and we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details on the new version of the beloved 1987 film.