Vertigo has been through a number of iterations, and one of its more controversial inclusions has been film spin-offs in recent years. Django Unchained, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and Mad Max Fury Road have all seen recent Vertigo treatments, which is odd since these licensed properties are not in line with the Creator Owned branding that is now used at Vertigo. Even though there have been some eyebrows raised, many of these books have been critical and commercial successes, with the recent Mad Max books being of a special quality.
Now Vertigo is walking down this road again by planning a direct sequel to the hit 1980s teenage vampire film The Lost Boys. The film, which launched the careers of people like Kiefer Sutherland, is considered a cult classic, both for its 1980s kitschy style and for its accessible vampire drama. On October 12th Vertigo will release this new Lost Boys mini-series, keeping it in line with its recent focus on miniseries.
According to the pre-solicit that was released by DC/Vertigo:
In the new miniseries, Santa Carla, California, is on edge. The eccentric coastal town and haven for the undead was finally returning to “normal” after its last supernatural scuffle left the local vampire coven’s leader dead and gave newcomers Michael and Sam Emerson a housewarming both violent and bizarre. Now the brothers must once again team up with militant vampire hunters Edgar and Allan Frog as a new gang of ruthless, stunning, life-sucking nightcrawlers known as the Blood Belles emerges from the aftermath to collect Michael’s love interest and their lost sister, Star.
The miniseries is intended to be more of a direct sequel, which many people consider the direct-to-DVD sequel not to be. Recent Vertigo scribe Tim Seeley will handle the writing, whose books like Effigy and Hack/Slash shows that he can handle material that mixes ironic self-referential laughs inside of a horror framework. Scott Godlewski and Patricia Mulvihill will build on their recent Vertigo horror success, The Dark and Bloody, by helming the art of this book as well.
For Seeley, this is the extension of his long standing love of the original series.
I saw The Lost Boys at a formative time in my life, when a VHS, a VCR and a summer afternoon were a perfect escape into a crazy world of biker vampires with mullets and monster-fighting hippy grandpas. The Lost Boys’ was one of my entry points into the horror genre, and I’ve been fascinated ever since. Getting the chance to write a sequel to the film, featuring the original characters, and getting to work with Scott, Patricia and Tony is truly a high point in my comic book-making career. I hadn’t revisited the film until after becoming involved with this project and totally understood the fascination and the reason for the devoted cult following,” adds Godlewski. “My artistic approach to the series is all about keeping the lighter moments light so that when the blood and guts show up they hit you like a hammer.
The real proof about whether this concept will work is in the first issue, which many are trying to set up pre-orders for immediately.