Rob Thomas on the changes he'll make to The Lost Boys on TV

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May 4, 2017, 11:44 AM EDT (Updated)

The cult hit '80s flick The Lost Boys is getting a new lease on life over at The CW, and Rob Thomas plans on shaking up the formula.

Thomas (Veronica Mars) is gearing up to create an ambitious, anthology-ish adaptation of the film with limited-run seasons, with each season set in a different decade. The first season will be set in San Francisco circa 1967 during the summer of love. The CW has found a lot of success with the vampire genre, and with The Vampire Dairies getting long in the tooth (no pun intended), the network is looking ahead to what can fill the void ... because with Supernatural working well into its second decade, it's going to need some company on the schedule.

Check out an excerpt from what he told Collider:

"I don't know if it was the chicken or the egg first. 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 Liv is [in iZombie]. 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.

For one thing, they’re supposed to die in the '80s. I've adapted things where I've been religious about the material. Clearly, with iZombie, we took a lot of liberties. The story that I'm trying to tell in Season 1 of The Lost Boys 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. I am leaning into the Peter Pan notion of, 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.”

What's your take on the new Lost Boys? You looking forward to seeing what Thomas does with the franchise?

(Via Collider)