The Lost Boys Musical is Happening, The Conjuring’s Patrick Wilson Will Produce

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  • The Lost Boys (1987) is being adapted into a musical with Patrick Wilson serving as one of the producers.
  • James Carpinello and Marcus Chait join Wilson as producers on the project.
  • The book will be written by a team including David Hornsby, Chris Hoch, Michael Arden and the band The Rescues.


Horror fans will soon be able to return to Santa Carla, aka the murder capital of the world. Yes, the late Joel Schumacher’s 1987 vampire film, The Lost Boys, is being adapted into a musical via a special arrangement through Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures (per Deadline). And Patrick Wilson of The Conjuring and Insidious fame will serve as one of the stage production’s three producers which also includes James Carpinello and Marcus Chait.

Carpinello is arguably best known by genre fans for portraying the dual roles of Howard Saint’s (John Travolta) twin sons in 2004’s The Punisher. Meanwhile, Chait enjoyed a modest television career, but he’s arguably best known for playing J.D. Fitzgerald in Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby. And it should be noted that all three thespians are also venerable fixtures on Broadway. Plus, Wilson has the honor of having starred in perhaps the most famous of horror properties to ever be transformed into a musical event on Broadway. Wilson starred alongside Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum in the movie musical version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera in 2004.

The Lost Boys’ book is being written by a foursome of talents, including It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia alum, David Hornsby. Not only does Hornsby serve as both a writer and producer on the hit television comedy, but he portrays the recurring role of Cricket on the show, and Broadway mainstay Chris Hoch is also attached as a writer. Tony award-winner Michael Arden (Best Revival of a Musical for Parade) will also work on the book along with the talented trio of singers and songwriters (Kyler England, AG and Gabriel Mann) comprising the band known as The Rescues. Sample a bit of The Rescues’ work in the video below:

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The Lost Boys Musical

The Lost Boys
The Lost Boys

Release Date
July 31, 1987

Rating
R

Runtime
97

Tagline
Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire.

Ethan Popp joins producer Patrick Wilson’s The Lost Boys stage production team as the music supervisor. Popp is an orchestrator and a two-time Tony award-nominee (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Motown: The Musical). One of the most obvious decisions Popp will have to make early on is how the film’s legendary ‘80s soundtrack will be utilized by The Rescues in the musical and how much original music will be written for the band to perform.

The Lost Boys soundtrack actually rivaled the film itself with its unique mixture of artists and indelible tunes, including Jimmy Barnes and INXS teaming up for their rendition of Good Times, Lou Gramm’s Lost in the Shadows and People Are Strange by Echo & the Bunnymen among many others. Check out Good Times below for a taste of the iconic soundtrack:

The British and American musical adaptations of the horror film American Psycho both faced the same dilemma. Duncan Sheik (music and lyrics) and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (book) came up with a number of original musical pieces for the stage, including Selling Out, Cards and Not a Common Man to name only a few. But the American Psycho musical also included a number of the ‘80s songs featured in the 2000 film, which were some of Patrick Bateman’s (Christian Bale) favorite tunes to jam and kill to.These included In the Air Tonight (Phil Collins), Hip to Be Square (Huey Lewis and the News) and Don’t You Want Me (The Human League).

This is not the first time The Lost Boys has been considered for a musical upgrade, as G Tom Mac, aka Gerard McMahon’s 2022 Lost Boys musical — much like a real vampire — never saw the light of day. At the time of this writing, the production timeline and a future release date have not been established for The Lost Boys musical, nor has there been any auditions or casting selections announced.

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