Exclusive: Writer Hans Rodionoff Talks Lost Boys: The Thirst
Dread Central: There is a faction of the fan-base that was, shall we say, less than supportive of Lost Boys: The Tribe. Some even went so far as to accuse the film of tarnishing the original’s legacy and that it was merely Corey Feldman trying to “cash in.” How would you respond to such accusations?
Hans Rodionoff: Well, first off, I don’t think sequels ever tarnish the originals. I will take a sequel or a prequel over a remake every time. Remakes essentially say, “We can do it better” and with the Lost Boys, I just don’t think that’s possible. It’s one of those lightning-in-a-bottle films. Everyone involved in the original film was at their peak, and it managed to capture some of that magic that only happens once in a great while. You will never have a better David than Kiefer, you will never have a better Michael than Jason Patric, a better Star than Jami Gertz, a better Sam than Corey Haim or better Frog Brothers. It’s impossible. It’s like remaking The Hitcher. You will never top Rutger Hauer. Why try? I think the general rule should be, don’t remake something unless you’re damn sure you can improve it.
The other thing about sequels is that, if you don’t like them, you can ignore them. I don’t really care for Episodes I-III of the Star Wars saga, but they don’t dampen my enjoyment of the original trilogy. Now, a remake of Star Wars ... that would piss me off. Who are they gonna cast as Han Solo? I shudder to think. As far as the accusations that Corey is cashing in, I think the only way you’d say that is if you’d never heard Corey talk about Lost Boys. The original film is incredibly important to him, and he wants to honor it. In fact, as I remember, it was hard to get him in The Tribe. He wanted to see the script first, and he had a lot of notes for me in terms of how Edgar would talk and act. He was never looking at the paycheck.
Dread Central: How has the film’s director, Dario Piana (Deaths of Ian Stone) been to work with? Have there been any changes made to your original script?
Hans Rodionoff: Dario is fantastic. He’s really collaborative, and visually he’s very specific. He actually draws all his own storyboards - and they’re good. It was really easy for him to show me how he planned on shooting something and I could tailor the script to fit his vision. Yes, when Dario came on board he incorporated a lot of changes to the shooting script, mostly to help him figure out the logistics and blocking of scenes.
Dread Central: Tell me a little about the film’s casting process. The production went with a lot of people who (other than Feldman) have sparse name/face recognition. Was that done as a way of keeping costs low or were they truly the best actors that auditioned?
Hans Rodionoff: One of the production requirements of shooting the film in South Africa was that the majority of the cast had to be from South Africa. I think that they definitely got the cream of the crop, and I think Dario hired the best actors that auditioned.
Dread Central: I know Jamison Newlander did some scenes which were deleted in The Tribe. What brought him back for The Thirst?
Hans Rodionoff: The deleted scenes were meant to set up the third movie so Jamison knew when he shot his scenes for The Tribe that if a third film became a reality, he would be a big part of it.
Dread Central: Lost Boys: The Thirst is going, for the most part, direct-to-DVD. Do you know of any plans to continue the series with additional films?
Hans Rodionoff: Corey, Jamison and I sat down a while ago and mapped out where we’d like the Frog Brothers to go in the future - we came up with a story arc that would essentially build the Frog Brothers as spin-off characters from the original film. Those stories can be told in a variety of formats: more films, comic books, a television series. Ultimately, it all comes down to the fans. There are plenty of Lost Boys fans out there, and they will decide whether or not they want to see more. If the appetite is there, we’ll feed it.
Dread Central: Is there any truth to the rumors that Lost Boys is being considered as a TV series?
Hans Rodionoff: I know that a Lost Boys series was set up at a network a little while ago, but Corey and Jamison were never contacted about it, so I’m not sure if it involved the Frog Brothers or if it was just going to use the Lost Boys name as a branding element. I don’t know anyone that was involved with it, and from what I understand, it wasn’t going to use the mythology of The Tribe, Reign of Frogs or The Thirst. That has nothing to do with the series that Corey, Jamison and I have spoken about, which would absolutely be a Frog Brothers show.
Dread Central: Now that Lost Boys: The Thirst is coming out, what’s on your plate and what are you plans for the future?
Hans Rodionoff: It’s Halloween, man. I check out for the whole month of October. I know most movie-type people check out around Thanksgiving and then come back after Sundance ... not me. I’m going to be watching horror films, going to haunted houses and eating Halloween candy for the next month. After that, we’ll see...
Big thanks for Hans taking the time to talk with us. Look for Lost Boys: The Thirst on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Download, next Tuesday.
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