We here at Slashfilm have been pressing Warner Bros. to release The Lost Boys 2: The Tribe theatrically for some time. Tonight, the first image of a vampire from the film has surfaced at STYD, and I’m a little iffed. While the images of Corey Feldman‘s return as Edgar Frog show promise, as did the recent announcement that Corey Haim will definitely be in the film, this image screams direct-to-DVD to me. Compare the shot below of Kiefer Sutherland’s vampire, David, from the 1987 classic to this steakhead vampire above.
Now, the vampires in the sequels are reportedly surfers, which might explain the rather cheesy subtitle. This reminds me, hey studio people: simplify it to The Lost Boys 2. The original title’s inspiration is the Lost Boys in Peter Pan, who were already a tribe of sorts. Adding “The Tribe” is just a bad sign for America, really. And as we all know, surfers go two ways: steakhead jock idiots and “divine princes of decadence” like Bunker Spreckels. And then there’s Bodhi from Point Break who mixed them together and pulled it off, which is as hard to do as looking cool in a pair of crocs while working at Wal-Mart.
The necklace on this vampire is beyond cheesy. When The Lost Boys came out, the biker vampires in that flick reached highs of coked-out ’80s overindulgence and super-cool matched only by Axl Rose. Back to this new image: there’s also the tiki torch in the back, which connotes “steakhead surfer stereotype” and teen shows like The O.C. And is the vampire wearing a punk-studded bracelet? I can’t tell. If so, stupes. He’s also bald, which is Kelly Slater-ish, but also reminds me of Neil Strauss in The Game and that’s always a sign to stay away from something. Surfers have rock star hair, it’s a fact, why not utilize that, while paying a lil’ homage to the Aqua Net-junkie ’80s originals?
The fangs are a little too pronounced. The blood can go either way. This photo was released to satisfy the gore hounds. The girl’s bikini/dress is kind of stupid, generic and unhot, and The Lost Boys is about sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll and staying young forever, maybe in that order. I’m not giving up on the film, but after all of the “we get it” and the “original is a classic, we won’t screw this up” promises from screenwriter Hans Rodionoff and director P.J. Pesce, this image is disconcerting because it doesn’t get it. You can still make this sequel with a modest budget and have it be awesome, there is no excuse. If this turns out to be The Lost Boys with Seth Cohen and it does go to theaters after fans fought ferociously for it to, prepare for a battle comparable to, I dunno, Axl Rose vs. Tommy Hilfiger.
Discuss: Does the new vampire image impact whether you’ll see The Lost Boys 2: The Tribe, one way or the other?
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“Man-Thing No. 2, got it.”
Some of you are no doubt slumming it in the gutter of your manse’s bowling alley this weekend nursing a fifth of vodka and eternal questions, but right now the Monkees’ “Now I’m a Believer” is ringing in my ears like percussive cheese because: Corey Haim is filming his scenes for The Lost Boys 2! He’s in it to win it. Break out the peach trench coat and bring back the Giant Bedroom Swatch Watch! The photo above is happening again, and right now some dude is getting the image tattooed across his shoulders as a M.U.S.C.L.E. Man squeals on the sax on the beach. What happened to : The Tribe, you ask? It’s dead to me. The well-lit ’70s-era marquee in my head is a trend setter.
STYD reports that Haim has returned to his best character, Sam Emerson, and is now filming scenes for the film that were originally in the script. Director P.J. Pesce is filming the additional scenes, and co-star Corey Feldman is said to be involved, which means that the duo’s ongoing tension is not botching the reunion. Can you imagine a film where both Coreys appear but don’t share a scene like Bruce Willis and Uma Thurman? The world knows no such lows.
Corey Feldman dropped some foreshadowing, ruby-colored chum in the deep waters on his meta-blog, The Feldman Journal, a few days ago saying…
“I did my ADR for the film a couple of days ago and it looks really good all cut together. Rumor is circulating that we may be doing some additional photography for the film, assuming pick ups or scenes from the script that we didn’t initially get around to. Which to me is a very good sign, because the studio usually doesn’t bother if they don’t really likea film. So it seems your positive energy is working. I also got a chance to see some of the treatments for the comic book series and I can promise you it will help fill the gaps between films in a very cool wayâ€¦..you will not be disappointed!!”
He additionally implied that The Lost Boys 2 is headed theatrical…
“I want to say that I have been shocked and overwhelmed with the movement that you all have created on behalf of LB2 going theatricalâ€¦.it’s amazing how dedicated you guy’s are to the cause. Apparently there are several on-line petitions going on created by you the fans and they are really gathering momentum. I would like to thank each and every one of you who has taken the initiative to do this. It has been so overwhelming that last week we received phone calls from the studio asking if I was behind this.”
He went on to not mention Slash Film’s (Hunter’s) deep undercover involvement in this campaign. I’m giving it all I can, Captain. And filming for the second season of The Two Coreys is ongoing, which, in my opinion, is an amusing, genuine, and amazing marketing stunt for The Lost Boys 2, but don’t quote me in Blog Court.
Why does this film matter? Let me say this: After watching Rambo (10/10) and a few days later watching There Will Be Blood (10/10, um, I’m trying to review it) incredibly stoned, I want theatrical Nirvana in my lifetime. I want to sit on clouds and bask in colorful ’80s pulp dug up from amazingly confident dirt and given neon injections + I want to shiver in the glory of only-in-’07/’08 There Will Be Blood life-slap bug-outs. During my first visit to the DMV, I remember the smells, the instructors, the videos. I remember looking at my friend who passed when I didn’t (due to “negative attitude”), and I remember thinking W.W.C.H.D. I am able to drive an Audi because of Corey Haim. I want to watch him smile again with his mouth half-agape, eyebrows raised and the sound of a “Ahh, Ahh, aHah.” That sound/(emotion?) got me many a hot girl when I was too young. Warner Bros. better release this in theaters. That is nearly a threat.
“Take that you *&%$ DVD!”
A week ago, we ripped an official decision by Warner Bros. to release Lost Boys 2: The Tribe straight to DVD, and asked for fans of the seminal ’80s horror flick back us up like Nanook. According to Corey Feldman via his ever-relevant blog, the film could still go theatrical and a final decision will be made in February. This is one case where fan feedback can play a huge part, so again, go crazy with the Cheez Whiz. Here’s Feldmanâ€¦
â€¦..1 more thing there is a nasty rumor circulating that a decision to release LB2 straight to DVD has been madeâ€¦..THAT IS CATEGORICALLY UNTRUE!!! NO decision has been made as of yet they will be voting on it next month so if you are a LB2 supporter and want to see it on the big screen now is the time to rise up and let the studio know by sending them your thoughts and concerns. There has been a lot of buzz about this and I just don’t want any defeatist or negative attitudes to hamper the positive energy. It is still aliveâ€¦..
And in true Frog Brothers fashion, Feldman got a new Lost Boys war story on the last day of filming. Call us half-full, but this makes us want to see it moreâ€¦
I also wanted to say thanx to all of those who wrote in, concerned about my casted arm. No I didn’t brake it in a bar room brawlâ€¦â€¦.(joking). I actually tore two ligaments while working on LB2. It was during a fight scene on the last night and we were working on giant rocks outside, and it started raining and during a chase I slipped and bent it backwards. It is a weird injury, actually worse than a break because I have been to physical therapy and had it casted and braced and nothing seems to work. At least I got a black one so you don’t notice it as much. It has been three months and it still hurts. But that’s all right anything for the love of artâ€¦.or at least keeping myself employed(joking again)â€¦..(kinda).
We’ll put up with all of the “thanx” in the world for this type of from-the-set minutiae. But wait! For every growing Stimpy shadow there is a shivering, shrinking Ren: cue Corey Haim. It was confirmed yesterday that A&E has picked up a second 10-episode season of The Two Coreys. So, Haim has a job, hope for Lost Boys 2 lives on, and this lemonade is mighty tasty, dare we say that life is good?
Unlike all of the non-entities on The Surreal Life, Corey Feldman still has something to offer us. His band is tres lame, but if you’ve caught The Two Coreys on A&E (which is also terrible), Feldman still possesses the upbeat work ethic and fresh face of a confident young blood like Shia LaBeouf. I get the feeling that highly unlike his role in Meatballs 4, he grasps how important the success of The Lost Boys 2: The Tribe will be to his career, and that he also believes the 1987 original is one of the best movies of all time. And it is. It merits a release by Criterion for its quixotic ’80s boardwalk atmosphere alone.
But here’s the dilemma. How does a film like Renny Harlin’s The Covenant or Paris Hilton’s The Hottie and the Nottie receive a wide theatrical release, while a sequel only out-anticipated by ’80s babies by Goonies 2, goes straight to DVD? It’s a travesty. Someone start a petition, because, as of today, Warner Bros. has officially confirmed the film’s Wesley Snipes-like trajectory. This could be the worst movie of all time, but with proper marketing it’d still open to $15 million easy, off pure fumes of nostalgia. Moreover, the film’s writer, Hans Rodionoff, has confirmed that they are not only bringing back “Cry Little Sister” but the meathead sax player! This is like Live Free or Die Hard bringing back Sgt. Al Powell or Argyle, or an R-rating. Never dismiss an effort to actually please from Hollywood. All I know is that I need to get Lost Boys 2 out of my head and up on screen in an actual theater. We all do, right? Right?!
Corey Feldman has also stated on his official blog that Warner Bros. likes what they have seen and wants to start talks about a third film, one that Rodionoff has already alluded to focusing solely on Feldman’s Edgar Frog character. To further stack up the Jenga tower of potential awesomeness, DC Comics is releasing a 4-issue comic mini-series detailing what happened to Edgar between the first film and the new one. My guess is that bit about Meatballs 4 will be redacted and replaced with a holy water Jacuzzi.
If you want Lost Boys 2: The Tribe to get some kind of theatrical release, let Warner Bros. know below. Otherwise, look for it in mid-summer on a shelf beside Aliens Vs. Monsters 4.
Mad Movies has the first photo of Corey Feldman in action as Edgar Frog in Warner Home Video’s Lost Boys 2: The Tribe. In the photo above, Frog fires a Holy Water Bazooka, likely at some villainous vampire foe.
Official Plot Description: “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.”
Jamison Newlander also returns as Edgar’s brother Alan. Merwin Mondesir, Shaun Sipos, and Kyle Cassie play a group of vampires led by Angus Sutherland’s character. Due to a problem with immigration, Corey Haim was unable to reprise his role as Sam Emerson.
Warner Bros. is still discussing whether to release The Lost Boys 2 theatrically, as the project was first conceived as a direct-to-DVD movie. I don’t care if this is a second rate DVD sequel, I really hope Warner releases this in theaters. Why not do a few midnight shows in the major markets?
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In Touch Magazine has the first photo from the direct-to-dvd sequel to The Lost Boys. The photo shows Corey Feldman, reprising his role as Edgar Frog, and Shaun Sipos. Check out Feldman’s neck tattoo. I know this is going to be crappy, but I’m looking forward to it none the less. You can read more about Lost Boys 2 (who’s in it, what it’s about, and more) in our previous coverage round-up.
Last I heard, The Lost Boys 2: The Tribe might even get a limited theatrical run, before hitting DVD shelves in 2008. We’ll keep you updated.
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.
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The long rumored Goonies sequel might seem improbable at this point, but that doesn’t mean that the series won’t continue. Remember, Goonies Never Say Die.
“I would like to say that there’s a great writer on it and it’s coming soon [but] I have nothing for you,” Goonies star Corey Feldman told MTV. “It’s a film Spielberg very badly wanted to make [and] Richard Donner very badly wanted to make. All of us [the cast] really, really wanted to do it. It’s come to the point of the script got ordered, and then the ball got dropped. For whatever reason, Warner Bros. doesn’t see it as a profitable venture. It’s a very sad, unfortunate story. But they just decided to make ‘Lost Boys 2â€² after 20 years. Anything’s possible!”
“Right now they are talking about the idea of doing it as an animated series,” Feldman revealed, without offering more details. Corey also spoke highly of one of the last Goonie 2 script attempts:
“The one that I heard that worked the best was all of us were now grown up, and have [our own] kids. And those kids get into some trouble and end up stumbling across some link to our past. They discover who we really are and what we went through. And, simultaneously, the Fratelli brothers find out that the kids have found out â€“ so they’re out to get the kids and the kids are out to save their lives and their families.”
Corey also revealed that in one script he was a Vegas lounge singer, and in another, a trial lawyer.
The Goonies is one of those movies from my childhood that I hold very close to my heart. And usually with such movies, I find myself feeling uneasy when the idea of a proposed sequel comes up. I man, most sequels are usually not as good. And who wants your childhood memories ruined by a bad attempt to claim more money from a long lost franchise. But for some reason I think there could be a good idea for a Goonies sequel. And I believe that a new Goonies movie could live on for a whole new generation. May-be I’m just being overly optimistic (which is out of character for me), but I’d like to see the idea explored more. As for a cartoon, in concept maybe it would be fun, but what audience would they target the project towards? It seems very speculative to me.
Would you watch an animated Goonies tv show or sequel?
I haven’t been this excited to se a direct to DVD movie since, well, never. And now Corey Haim’s manager told MTV that Haim might not appear in the Lost Boys sequel after all.
Apparently major logistical obstacles exist, concerning the immigration problems Haim may have in traveling in and out of the country (the film is being shot in Vancouver). I guess Warner Bros is currently working with the US Government to “rectify these issues.”
Let’s hope they figure it out, because a Lost Boys sequel with Corey Feldman but not Corey Haim seems, so much less appealing.