"The Lost Boys": CW Orders Pilot Rework, Recast; Extends Medalion Rahimi, Dakota Shapiro Options

Look like The Lost Boys may not be as "lost" as fans first thought. Though the CW first passed on the pilot back in May, it did so with an order for the project to be retooled – and that includes recasting. So with the recasting dust settled, Medalion Rahimi (NCIS: Los Angeles) and Dakota Shapiro (Valley of the Boom) have had their options extended and will co-star a new, reworked pilot that is expected to begin filming by the end of the year. Based on Warner Bros.' 1987 horror film of the same name, the pilot was written by Heather Mitchell (Scandal) – with Shapiro set as lead vamp David (originally played by 24's Kiefer Sutherand) and Rahimi as Stella (a variation on Jami Gertz's (Square Pegs) character Star from the original film).

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In the CW's proposed The Lost Boys reboot, the sudden death of their father forces brothers Michael and Sam Emerson to move to Santa Carla with their mother, Lucy – 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.

Veronica Mars' Rob Thomas was first approached about the project ahead of the 2016-2017 development season, though it would end up not going to pilot. The network was interested in redeveloping the project but with Thomas' work on the upcoming Veronica Mars return for Hulu keeping him busy, Mitchell's script was ordered to pilot. While Mitchell's script is still in place, the inital pilot apparently didn't live up to the script's quality and nver came together enough for the network's liking.

Mitchell is set to executive produce the project, alongside Thomas and Dan Etheridge for Spondoolie and Mike Karz and Bill Bindley for Gulfstream. Spondoolie's Rebecca Franko produces alongside Gulfstream's Juliana Janes.

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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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