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The Lost Boys (The CW) pilot preview: Yet Another Vampire Show

SERIES TITLE: The Lost Boys

NETWORK: The CW
GENRE: Fantasy Drama

LOGLINE: Welcome to 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, two brothers move to Santa Carla with their mother, who hopes to start anew in the town where she grew up. But the brothers find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the seductive world of Santa Carla’s eternally beautiful and youthful undead…

Pilot Cast: Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf, Now Apocalypse, Jane the Virgin), Rio Mangini (Everything Sucks!), Kiele Sanchez (Lost, Kingdom), Medalion Rahimi (Still Star-Crossed, NCIS Los Angeles), Sarah Hay (Flesh and bone), Dakota Shapiro (Valley of the Boom), Haley Tju, Cheyenne Haynes (Camping, Just Add Magic), Del Zamora (Sneaky Pete)…
Series Creator: Heather Mitchell (Still Star-Crossed, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy).
Pilot Director: Catherine Hardwick (Twilight, Thirteen, Lords of Dogtwon).
Producers: Heather Mitchell, Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars, iZombie, Party Down), Dan Etheridge, Mike Karz & Bill Bindley.

Studios: Warner Bros. Television, Spondoolie Productions & Gulfstream Television.

Ever wonder how TV executives wade through the dozens of pilot scripts they’re pitched each year? They have staff script readers, who provide what’s called “Script Coverage,” an executive summary and a recommendation for each script. Now you too can preview some of the season’s most buzzed about pilots and find out whether we’d recommend them for pickup. Note that all opinions are our own, and all plot, casting and other creative details described here are subject to change.

 

 

You’ll Like It If You Already Like: The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Teen Wolf...

Likely Timeslot: Summer fare if The CW is finally ready to spend some money for this period.

 

WRITTEN BY: Heather Mitchell.

PAGECOUNT: 61 pages

DRAFT: Network draft 1/2/19

BACKGROUND: The CW originally developed a series adaptation of the iconic 1987 Warner Bros horror comedy movie The Lost Boys with Rob Thomas writing during the 2016-17 development season. While the project didn’t go to pilot, the network brass remained very high on the title and had been looking to redevelop it. While Thomas has been busy with his Veronica Mars reboot for Hulu, a take by writer Heather Mitchell (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy) got everyone excited, and the new incarnation picked up steam this development season.

Envisioned for a seven-season, anthology-style run, The Lost Boys series was originally supposed to tell a story spanning 70 years, each season chronicling a decade. Season 1 would have been set in San Francisco during the Summer of Love, 1967. Each season, the humans, the setting, the antagonist and the story would have all changed — only the vampires, the famous Lost Boys, who like the Peter Pan characters never grow up, would have remained the same. It has not been said if the new version was also envisioned as an anthology, but it doesn’t seem like it.

 

SCRIPT SYNOPSIS: After the sudden death of their father, diametrically opposite brothers MICHAEL (21) and SAM (15) move with their mother LUCY (40s), who caused a scandal 27 years ago when she ditched her boyfriend to run off with another man, to her seaside hometown of Santa Carla, a covert home for vampires. On the beautiful boardwalk, Michael experiences an undeniable spark with STELLA (20s), enraging her vampire boyfriend, DAVID, while Sam meets sisters CASSIE AND LIZA FROG (16), who confirm that there’s something peculiar about Santa Carla. Things escalate when David reveals Stella is the Queen of all vampires and Michael discovers he has the same heart condition that killed his father. Concluding on a suspenseful note, both Sam and Michael uncover the town’s secret inhabitantsSam and the Frog sisters witness David break the vampire law by murdering humans, and Michael walks in on Stella and David having vampire intercourse, all fangs out…

COMMENTS: I’m not sure why this is even a thing. Was it so crucial for The CW to have yet another show about vampires on the air, after The Vampire Diaries and The Originals ended, with Legacies still breathing life into the franchise? I wouldn’t mind that much if The Lost Boys had something very special and different going on for it. But it doesn’t. I mean, it’s very much the same as The Vampire Diaries, centered on two brothers arriving in a new town which is apparently populated by vampires for decades. Why did they choose such a sunny one, in California? It doesn’t make much sense but there may be a reason… The main difference is the brothers are not vampires… yet. But for how long? It’s more adult than the Kevin Williamson’s show, but it’s not True Blood either. It’s more like a weak, lifeless mix, with the younger brother offering an innocent, romantic vibe to the show and the older one introducing a little bit of sex and danger, while the vampires give it a soft debauchery style (we’re not on HBO, they can’t go very far). It wants to have it all and ends with nothing much. There’s an undeniable 80s movies vibe, that comes from the source material and that is preserved because it’s trendy since Stranger Things but it’s less cooler; it takes itself too seriously.

So Michael, the elder brother, plans to attend Columbia Medical school but he 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. And who may not be human, after all… He didn’t plan to stay for long, but now that he could die whenever, why spending so much time studying when he could help his family and fall in love? The immediate spark between Stella and Michael seems a little fake on paper, it’s really way too quick, but chemistry between the actors could help it make it believable, or at least enjoyable enough to close our eyes on this. 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, and she’s the only one who can control him, if you see what I mean. It’s nice to have a switch in the usual formula that way but it doesn’t make the show original.

Sam, Michael’s younger brother, has a high level of literacy, matched by an equally high level of snark. He seems to be the only one not enchanted by Santa Carla — a sentiment he shares with a pair of local girls, the Frog Sisters. Since a wild threesome is not in the cards, he may have to choose only one at some point. In the meantime, he will have to go to school and help the show going the same route as many others on The CW before: high-school dramas and the same stories that go with it over and over again. There’s the (young) mother Lucy, who’s a nice gal who did bad things in yer youth, but now she’s a widow, she’s looking for redemption. And of course, she bumps into her old flame who’s now… the sherif! Classic. Last but not least, there’s Frank Garcia, Lucy’s father, a cantankerous old hippie who owns a beloved local bed and breakfast. In spite of his laid-back appearance, he’s a strict disciplinarian who probably knows more about the dark side of town than he cares to tell. And he’s probably the most unexpected character in this, though he stays in the background. He’s way too old to be at the center. And I woudn’t be surprised if they kill him after a few episodes. I give him one season tops.

 

FINAL RECOMMENDATION: Unless The CW unexpectedly decides to order all of its pilots to series -which would be a first in its history- The Lost Boys seems to be the weakest contender of them all. If you want to tell another vampire tale in 2019, you have to make sure it will be vastly different from the previous offers and this one is not original at all, in any way. 

 

OVERALL PROJECT SCORE:

[ X ] PASS
 ] CONSIDER
[  ] RECOMMEND

SCOOP: “Teen Wolf” creator adapts “Let The Right One In” swedish horror movie for TNT

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The “Let The Right One In” series adaptation landed first at A&E back in 2015 after a bidding war with Showtime. It’s now in the running with other horror projects at TNT alongside the Tales From the Crypt series, dramedy Claws and anthology Time of Death

Based on the best-selling Swedish book by John Ajvide Lindqvist that was subsequently adapted into the critically acclaimed 2008 movie directed by Tomas Alfredson (also adapted in 2010 in English language), Let The Right One In is about Henry, a shy and lonely 16-year old kid who lives with his single mother in an apartment building in Vermont. Badly bulied by the bigger, meaner locals, he gets a new friend when Eli moves next door. She’s friendly, aloof, protective, wary and… she’s a vampire. She lives in secrecy with her mysterious guardian. When a series of strange murders pops up in the small town, it attracts the attention of a federal marshal with a mysterious past of his own…

Criminal Minds & Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis penned the pilot script. Marty Eldestein & Becky Clements from Tomorrow Studios serve as executive producers. A+E Networks is the studio. Shooting is expected to start mid-october in Vancouver.

 

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“Scream” (MTV) preview: Do you like scary movies turned into TV Series?

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Pilot written by Jill Blotevogel (Harper’s Island, Ravenswood), based on a script by Jay Beattie (Revenge, Criminal Minds) & Dan Dworkin (Revenge, Criminal Minds). Produced by Wes Craven (Scream, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Last House on the Left), Bob & Harvey Weinstein… Directed by Jamie Travis (Faking It, Finding Carter). For MTV & Dimension TV. 53 pages. 04/23/14 version.

Description: 25 years after the town of Lakewood was shaken by a wave of brutal murders, what starts as a YouTube video going viral showing two teenage girls hooking up soon leads to a new series of mysterious deaths who may or may not be connected to the town’s troubled past…

With Willa Fitzgerald (Royal Pains, Alpha House), Bex Taylor-Klaus (The Killing US, Arrow), Joel Gretsch (The 4400, V), Connor Weil (Sharknado), Tracy Middendorf (Boardwalk Empire), John Karna, Carlson Young, Amadeus Serafini, Bobby Campo… and a special guest appareance from Bella Thorne (Shake it up!, Big Love).

NEXT SUMMER ON MTV.

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As a boy who grew up up in the 90s, the Scream movie franchise has no secrets for me. I saw the first three a bunch of times, and the fourth only once, for nostalgia and for fun. And as a boy who grew up in the 90s IN a little town, I can assure you it was hard to wander alone at night without imagining Ghostface coming out of the dark to kill me. It lasted a few years until I became a grown-ass man. I’m not scared anymore. And I’m totally over slasher movies too. As today’s teenagers are… unless they have never been into it in the first place because the genre doesn’t really exist anymore. Yeah, I sound old. And that scares the shit out of me. Anyway. Even if it seems like it’s the worst time to launch a TV series based on Scream, MTV doesn’t feel the same way. It took time -the development was so hard the first writers were politely thanked before a new one was hired to repair the damage- but now there it is. Scream, the TV series. Believe me or not, it’s not as bad as it might sound.

This is not a sequel, since there is no direct link between what happened in the movies and what’s happening here. It doesn’t even take place in the same town. We can call it a reboot. The story is pretty much the same, but updated with new technologies. Of course, these teenagers do selfies, chat on Facebook, communicate on Twitter and send Snapchats to each other. And it’s pretty convenient ! It gives the serial killer many more ways to toy with them. It doubles up the fun! This way, they can revisit some of the most popular scenes just by changing a few details. That’s what happens with the cult opening scene with Drew Barrymore, spiced up here with a webcam and Snapchat instead of the good ol’ phone. And also a severed head, but it has nothing to do with technology. I’m guessing The Walking Dead is to blame. All of this doesn’t make it scarier but it works somehow. What they also kept is the very special tone of the dialogues, where teenagers constantly refer to pop culture, other horror movies and TV series, to show they won’t let a little copycat killer outsmart them. They think they know all the tricks, they act like they saw it all but of course, they’re wrong. Sadly, it’s not as sharply written as the movies were -Kevin Williamson is not involved, that’s why- and it’s not original anymore.

I’m not a big fan of the characters for now, especially the male parts. They all sound the same, easy on the eye but dumb. And there’s the nerdy one of course (who’s not that ugly). It’s typical MTV characters. The girls are a little more interesting, outside of the usual bitches. Emma, our heroine, is the cool chick you want to hang out with. Audrey, her ex-best friend is different. She’s dark, some would say she’s a tomboy. She clearly doesn’t know who she really is yet, and not only sexually speaking. I really like her. Like in Teen Wolf, the parents play an active role in the story, and of course one of them works at the sheriff department. At some point, a character says “it’s a not whodunnit show” but “a whydunnit”. And he may be right. But is it really what we’re looking for?

You can’t do a slasher movie into a TV show. Slasher movies burn bright and fast. TV needs to stretch things out.” Here is what the writer says through the voice of the character of Noah. Does he believe in Scream? He’d better be and he’d better prove to everyone that yes, it’s possible. But he knows what he’s talking about at the same time: he was a writer on truly shitty Harpers’s Island… Me, I’m not totally sold for now but it’s not that different from Teen Wolf so I guess it could work and I wanna watch. One last thing: why o why did they decide to trade the iconic mask inspired by Munch for a “mask made of flesh“? Outrageous!