Veronica Mars and iZombie creator, Rob Thomas, discussed about his new project, The Lost Boys, at the CW’s Television Critics Association. More specifically, he said that the new series will be based on Joel Schumacher‘s '80s classic vampire film The Lost Boys and his ambitious plan is to have each season span a decade. In other words, Rob Thomas wants every season of the series to take place in a different year and setting, following a new group of vampires.
Season one of The Lost Boys will take place in San Francisco during 1967 and Rob Thomas said that the story he is trying to tell “is a story about two brothers and how tempted they are to fall in with these vampires and how tempted they are to want to be 22 forever.” He compared this need of wanting to be young forever with Peter Pan saying that “…if you join these vampires, you never have to grow up. Your life can be fun and you can attack life each day you’re immortal and how appealing is that? I read a bit about what the original writer’s intentions were, and how a lot of that Peter Pan imagery got pulled away from what they ended up doing. I’m pushing it back in there.”
Rob Thomas mentioned that these vampires the brothers meet will be different from the ones in the movie; they will be less sadistic. In particular he said “I felt like the vampires in a new television version were not simply the bad guys. In The Lost Boys movie, the vampires are bad. I didn’t think I would structure each season so there’s a group of bad guys who are vampires, each year, that we’re trying to defeat. Part of it was wanting to have vampires who are not as goody-goody as [iZombie’s] Liv is in. I think that group of vampires can actually exist within the framework of the show I’m presenting The CW with. Those exact four guys can exist in the world that I’m creating. There are a number of these four-person and five-person groups of vampires who are roaming around together, so it’s possible you could run into that group, but I’m not playing that exact group.”
Finally, he revealed that we could meet some of the original characters in a bit of a crossover moment. “Vampires stay the same age, so those vampires that we meet in the ’80s in the original ‘Lost Boys’ movies could exist in the 1960s version. We could run into them there as well. We might not even have to wait until the ’80s to see that other ‘Lost Boys’ crew.”
And since each season will jump a decade, Thomas said that “the humans around them change to a degree from year to year; they can exist in multiple versions of the show but the humans would get 10 years older. The vampires are going to stay the same age.”
In conclusion, Rob Thomas is having big plans for The Lost Boys if The CW will eventually pick his series. With the initial season taking place in a ’60s San Francisco, and then moving to a 1970’s New York, and later to a ’90s grunge Seattle and eventually ending up in modern day –as Thomas revealed- his version of The Lost Boys, as it seems, will be impressive.