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.
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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 inhabitants–Sam 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