It’s the end of an era on The CW, as The Vampire Diaries is finally coming to a close after eight seasons on the air. It’s not, however, the end of the vampire genre for the network, since iZombie and Veronica Mars genius Rob Thomas is set to dabble in the bloodsucking market with his new series The Lost Boys.
The show has recently gone into development at The CW, just as the sun sets on The Vampire Diaries, which makes us wonder if the network isn’t trying to keep that insanely passionate fan base on the hook with a similar show.
When all is said and done, a new, updated version of the fang-y genre might be just what The CW needs in the coming years.
According to Deadline, Rob Thomas has planned out a seven-season story for The Lost Boys — drawing inspiration from the 1987 movie — which is impressive enough on its own, especially if the show can actually sustain itself that long.
More importantly, however, The Lost Boys will tap into a side of the vampire genre that The Vampire Diaries never capitalized on — which is the gritty, horror aspect associated with this supernatural breed. Where Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon Salvatore’s (Ian Somerhalder) main focus was typically romance, the vampires of The Lost Boys tended to focus more on murder and mayhem.
It’s also painfully hard to notice that while new generations are still learning to love the supernatural shenanigans going on in Mystic Falls, The Vampire Diaries core fan base has aged along with the show, meaning that they’re no longer teenagers.
Straying into the more adult version of a similar story could pay off in terms of viewers.
Even the format of the prospective show carries a more mature tone, setting each season in a new decade, with a an ever-changing cast of side characters. This anthology-like method of storytelling is something The CW has not ever experimented with before, and it could end up being their next hot-ticket item.
However, that’s not to say that The Lost Boys couldn’t take some very important pointers from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals by spotlighting a family of vampires and the bond they create spending decades and centuries together. You’ve got to tug on the heartstrings amidst all the blood and guts, after all.
Speaking of blood and guts, we can’t help but notice that developing The Lost Boys could give The CW another swing at adapting the ’80s horror genre they attempted to tap into with their canned Friday the 13th series.
If they’re looking to diversify their demographic by appealing to the nostalgia of their older viewers, The Lost Boys may be the perfect way to do so.