Posted on Monday, September 3rd, 2007 by Peter Sciretta
It seems like the report from last week might be true after all. Rumor had it that Corey Haim might not be able to film his scenes in The Lost Boys 2 DVD sequel due to visa issues. Now Warner Bros has released the official press release announcing the project, and Corey Haim is not even mentioned.
If I was Warner Bros, I would rewrite a scene or two in the script that could be shot in an interior set in the United States just so Haim makes an appearance. It seems like the couple hundred thousand to make that possible will make it worth it for long time fans of the original film. Check out the full press release, which includes full cast information, plot details and more, after the jump.
Warner Premiere’s “Lost Boys 2: The Tribe” is in Production
Frog Brothers Reprise Original Roles Under the Direction of P.J. Pesce
BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Corey Feldman returns to familiar turf in the Warner Premiere event, “Lost Boys 2: The Tribe,” the direct-to-DVD sequel to the 1987 cult hit “The Lost Boys” that also features his fellow Frog Brother, Jamison Newlander, along with Tad Hilgenbrink, Autumn Reeser and Angus Sutherland. The announcement was made today by Diane Nelson, President, Warner Premiere.
Principal photography began in late August on location in Vancouver, under the direction of P.J. Pesce. This sequel takes us to the shady surf city of Luna Bay, California, where vampires quickly dispatch anyone who crosses their path. Into this dark world arrive Chris Emerson (Hilgenbrink) and his younger sister, Nicole (Reeser). Having just lost their parents in a car accident, the siblings move in with their eccentric Aunt Jillian and become new prey for the locals’ way of life. When Nicole unwittingly falls for a local vampire, Chris must locate and destroy the gang’s lifeline before his sister’s transformation is complete; to do this Chris finds himself relying on the expertise of none other than Edgar Frog (Feldman). Subtle references to characters from the original film, and cameos from returning actors offer homage to the Lost Boys legend and set a sinister tone of impending doom.
“Last year when Warner Premiere was established, we knew we wanted to engage with fans of The LOST BOYS and have this title on our slate because the original is a favorite film of so many people,” said Nelson. “With Hans Rodionoff’s strong script, and PJ onboard to direct, we were able to realize this project quickly, casting up-and-coming talent like Autumn, Tad and Angus, as well as key players from the original with Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander returning as the infamous Frog Brothers. We have tremendous respect for Joel Schumacher’s original film and are striving to maintain the tone and integrity of the original, while offering something fresh to old and new fans alike.”
Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander are set to reprise their original roles of Edgar and Alan Frog, respectively, in the vampire-centric sequel. Feldman shot to fame in the mid 1980′s starring in a number of successful films like “The Goonies,” “Stand By Me,” “License To Drive,” and two chapters of the “Friday the 13th” series. Following the success of “The Lost Boys,” Feldman also had a successful run with several television and music projects. Currently, Feldman is headlining a reality series on A&E called “The Two Coreys.”
“I am truly excited to be on board for this sequel,” says Feldman. “After reading the latest script I genuinely believe we can deliver a sequel the fans can sink their teeth into. I also commend Warner Premiere on their choice to include Jamison Newlander. Edgar Frog has been laying in wait for 20 years to stake some more vampires and that is exactly what he intends to do with his brother Alan by his side.”
Jamison Newlander is back as Alan Frog, the other half of the vampire-slaying Frog brothers, in the sequel. Newlander most recently wrote, directed, starred in and produced a comedy short called “The Rooster.”
Autumn Reeser stars as Nicole, a teenager who moves to Northern California and finds herself entangled with a gang of vampires. Reeser most recently starred on Fox’s hit teen drama “The O.C.” Her additional television credits include “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Cold Case,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Grounded for Life” and “George Lopez.” Reeser also appeared in “The Girl Next Door,” opposite Elisha Cuthbert and Emilie Hirsch.
Tad Hilgenbrink portrays Nicole’s brother, Chris, who â€“ along with his sister â€“ falls in with the dangerous gang of vampires. Hilgenbrink is best known for his role as Matt Stifler in “American Pie Presents: Band Camp.” He will next be seen in the horror film “30 Days of Night.”
Angus Sutherland, half-brother of “Lost Boys” star Kiefer Sutherland, stars as the leader of the gang of surfing vampires, echoing Kiefer’s ‘David’ from the original film. Sutherland appeared on the CBS political drama “Commander in Chief” and will next be seen in “Familiar Strangers,” due out later this year.
Screenwriter Hans Rodionoff is no stranger to the vampire genre, as writer and director of 1998′s “Sucker: The Vampire.” Other credits include co-writing TV’s “Saint Sinner,” based on a story by Clive Barker, and shared writing credits with director Mort Nathan on “National Lampoon’s Bag Boy,” slated for release in 2007.
P.J. Pesce is an independent filmmaker who has earned several accolades for his work through the festival circuit. In 1994, Pesce was named Best Independent Director of the Year at the Hamptons International Film Festival for his critically acclaimed film “The Desperate Trail,” which he wrote and directed. He also received a Special Grand Jury Award for his short film “The Afterlife of Grandpa” at the Houston International Film Festival in 1989. Pesce is the recipient of Grey Advertising’s Student Filmmaker Award and a Presidential Fellowship from Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
Basil Iwanyk and Phil Goldfine are producing the film, with Mary Viola, Alison Semenza and Rick Benattar serving as executive producers.
“Lost Boys 2: The Tribe” is a Warner Premiere production, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and distributed by Warner Home Entertainment.