Monday, October 29, 2012

The Lost Youth of THE LOST BOYS

Cry little sister, come to your brother! gotta/enk films' own Bryan Enk reflects on THE LOST BOYS that almost was. Head back to the Murder Capital of the World.

Do you like The Lost Boys? Of course you do, what damn fool doesn't? But do you realize just how close one of your favorite movies came to never existing? Yeah, really close. Damn.

Okay, that's not entirely accurate. The Lost Boys was going to see the light of day, one way or another. It's just that it was originally set to be a much different film than the one you know (and love!) now.

It's all been burned into your brain for a long time (1987 was a while ago, chum): the first team-up of the two Coreys (Haim and Feldman, if you want to get formal); Kiefer Sutherland leading his gang of motorcycle-riding teenage vamps through the somewhat oddly post-apocalyptic streets of "Santa Carla," California (the "Murder Capital of the World"); Jason Patric engaging in a crossfade-happy would-be sex scene with Jami Gertz.

Hell, you probably even remember the pony-tailed, muscular "saxophone player from The Lost Boys," a reference made by Kenny Powers in the Season Two premiere of HBO's Eastbound & Down.

Anyway, that movie came close to never happening. The original script called for something different entirely.  

The Lost Boys was originally inspired by the success of The Goonies (and really, what wasn't?), which is probably how producer Richard Donner got involved in the first place. The script by Janice Fischer and James Jeremias featured "Goonie-type 5th and 6th grade vampires," with the Frog Brothers (eventually played by Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander) originally described as "chubby eight-year-old Cub scouts."

That would've been a very different movie indeed, one perhaps more in line with the traditional idea of "the Lost Boys" and the Peter Pan story they come from. Like The Goonies, it would've been two hours of little kids running around and screaming -- apparently, Donner loves that stuff, because he was originally set to direct the film himself.

Then some executive at Warner Bros. looked at the script and exclaimed, "Hogwash!" The script went through a major rehaul by Jeffrey Boam (in which every character aged about five years) and Donner handed directing duties over to Joel Schumacher because all this nonsense was taking too damn long.

So, the next time you revisit The Lost Boys, pause and reflect on how it could've been a much ... louder movie.

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