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Podcast: THE LOST BOYS – So Much Subtext in the Shadows

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When Joel Schumacher took over The Lost Boys (1987) from Richard Donner, he changed nearly everything in the script, creating a metaphorical fairy tale encapsulating several issues facing teens and families in the mid-80s. Can you name them all and do you agree that’s what Schumacher was trying to say? Tara McNamara, Gen X, and Riley Roberts, Gen Y,  apply a modern lens to the horror comedy that gave us the Two Coreys and reveal insights you never saw coming. 

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LOST BOYS Found Again at CW

The Lost Boys is being made into a TV show by the CW. Variety’s description sounds pretty much like the 1987 Joel Schumacher film starring Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, Jami Gertz, and the Two Coreys (Feldman, Haim): “It takes place in the seaside town of 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.”

The project was up for consideration in 2016 with a take from “Veronica Mars'” Rob Thomas. The new pitch came from Shondaland producer/writer Heather Mitchell (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) but Thomas will still be involved, although from a distance as he’s working on the Veronica Mars reboot.

“The Lost Boys” is one of four projects the CW selected to make a pilot episode, all of which come from established properties. The other series are a Jane the Virgin spinoff, a “Riverdale” spinoff, and a Nancy Drew series. After the pilot is complete, the network decides if the series will or will not go forward.

Teen properties from the 1980’s continue to be a fertile ground for TV reboots. “The Lost Boys” joins “Less Than Zero” for Hulu and “Mr. Mom” on Vudu. “Heathers” was made as a series for the Paramount Network but was scrapped after completion because of sensitivities to school shootings. Of course, “Teen Wolf” was a huge hit for MTV. As the world of “content” — network , streaming and digital — gets more and more crowded, networks and platforms are finding it harder to cut through to get noticed, and thus, people to watch. If they find an old, beloved property, they don’t have to then educate a potential viewer what a show is about and then convince them to watch. In other words, most of adult America knows “The Lost Boys” as an edgy teen vampire movie with cool music, so it’s less about convincing them they’ll like the subject matter, it’s more about letting the audience know when to tune in.

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Is YOUNG GUNS Responsible for Gen X’s Gun Obsession?

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It’s the 30th Anniversary of Young Guns (currently steaming on Hulu and Netflix) and we’re celebrating. Young Guns is considered the most historically accurate version of Billy the Kid on film, but let’s be honest – the real Billy and the Regulators weren’t quite as attractive. By putting hot, cool actors like Emilio Estevez and Kiefer Sutherland in a testosterone-heavy “band of brothers” environment with a “heavy-metal” ’80s score, did Young Guns make gun ownership sexy to men? We explore how Young Guns affected its teen viewers in 1988 and how it still affects Gen X today on the latest episode of ’80s Movies: A Guide to What’s Wrong with Your Parents. Give a listen to our take on Young Guns below and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher.

Also, check out the complete guide to Young Guns: https://80smovieguide.com/young-guns/