As The CW’s upcoming Lost Boys pilot continues to flesh out its core cast, this new take on an old favourite has now found its Sam Emerson.
In Joel Schumacher’s 1987 classic, the role of Sam was famously played by Corey Haim. And now, Deadline has word that Everything Sucks!’s Rio Mangini will be playing Sam in The CW’s small-screen rejig for the property. In addition to this, RoboCop’s Del Zamora has been cast as Frank Garcia; the Grandpa character played by Bernard Hughes in the original movie.
Mangini and Zamora join a cast that currently features Cheyenne Haynes and Haley Tju as the Frog Sisters and roles for Tyler Posey, Sarah Hay, Kiele Sanchez, Medallion Rahimi and Dakota Shapiro, with Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke to direct the pilot episode.
The official word on The CW’s small-screen take on The Lost Boys reads:
After the sudden death of their father, brothers Michael and Sam Emerson 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.
From director Joel Schumacher, The Lost Boys is a ‘87 favourite of many a genre fan. Complete with a truly phenomenal soundtrack, the original movie starred Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Jamison Newlander, Dianne Wiest, Barnard Hughes, Edward Hermann, Jami Gertz, Alex Winter and, of course, Kiefer Sutherland. Oh, and a rather sax-tastic cameo from Tim Cappello.
After constant rumblings of a sequel, Lost Boys: The Tribe was finally released in 2008. A so-so effort, that picture was followed by the slightly better (but still not great) Lost Boys: The Thirst in 2010. In The Tribe, fans got to see Corey Feldman return as Edgar Frog and a brief cameo by Corey Haim as Sam Emerson. Joining Feldman in The Thirst, fans saw Jamison Newlander back as the other Frog brother, Alan.
Since then, a Frog-driven movie has been talked about and a TV series has regularly been speculated about. As mentioned, those TV plans were seemingly shelved in 2016; only now resurfacing. Additionally, along the way we’ve had several Lost Boys-based comics and books.