By Oliver Lyttelton | www.oliverlyttelton.com August 1, 2012 at 9:57AM
It might surprise cinephiles, when watching the credits to "The Lost Boys," to see the name of cinematographer Michael Chapman, given the long list of prestigious credits the DoP had stacked up. Chapman started out as a camera operator on films like "The Godfather" and "Jaws," before making his debut as cinematographer on Hal Ashby's "The Last Detail." He went on to work with Martin Scorsese three times, on "Taxi Driver," "The Last Waltz" and "Raging Bull," the latter of which earned him an Oscar nomination (shockingly, he lost the prize to Roman Polanski's "Tess"), and also had credits on James Toback's "Fingers," Philip Kaufman's "Invasion Of The Body Snatchers," Paul Schrader's "Hardcore" and Robert Towne's "Personal Best." But after two films for director Carl Reiner ("Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" and "The Man With Two Brains") Chapman went off to become a director, later saying "Everybody should direct at least once, if only to get it out of their system." He made his directorial debut with the Tom Cruise vehicle "All The Right Moves," and followed it up with the less successful 1986 Darryl Hannah film "The Cave Of The Clan Bear." After that film flopped badly, Chapman looked to return to cinematography, and as a fan of vampire movies, chose "The Lost Boys" as his return. And based on this interview, he seems a little ambivalent about the film, but does say, "It's quite a stylish, slightly comedic movie, and Joel Schumacher's most heartfelt film." He'd go on to pick up one more Oscar nomination, for "The Fugitive," and retired from the camera after 2007's "Bridge To Terabitha."
Like many films of its era, "The Lost Boys" is fondly thought of in part thanks to its seminal soundtrack, which features a number of key covers and original tracks by big 1980s bands. Roger Daltrey took on the appropriately-named Elton John song "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me," Tim Capello covered The Call's "I Still Believe," INXS and Jimmy Barnes duetted on "Good Times" by 1960s Australian band The Easybeats and Echo & The Bunnymen took The Doors' "People Are Strange." The score was by Thomas Newman and Lou Gramm, the lead singer of Foreigner, contributed theme song "Lost In The Shadows (The Lost Boys)." But the film's music budget wasn't enormous, and in order to land INXS (who contributed a second track to the film as well) and Gramm, Schumacher promised to direct music videos for both bands. The director made good on one of those promises, helming the video for INXS's "Devil Inside" the following year, but as far as we can tell, never worked with Foreigner. There are also a few songs in the film that never featured on the released soundtrack: Run DMC & Aerosmith's seminal "Walk This Way," "Ain't Got No Home" by bluesman Clarence "Frogman" Henry and The Rascals' "Groovin'"
In the last few years, Warner Bros. cashed in on the ever-growing "Lost Boys" cult with a pair of direct-to-video sequels, 2008's "Lost Boys: The Tribe" (which brought back Corey Feldman and, in a cameo, Corey Haim), and 2010's "Lost Boys: The Thirst," which sees Jamison Newlander return as Alan Frog. Neither, it will fail to surprise you, are very good. But nearly a decade earlier, Joel Schumacher announced he'd come up with a deal for a sequel, entitled "The Lost Girls," which he would produce, with a new director being sought at the time. Indeed, Schumacher is on record as saying that Sutherland's character David (who we never see explode or dissolve) was intended to return in a follow-up, surviving his impaling at the film's conclusion (a 2008 comic book, "The Lost Boys; Reign Of Frogs" picks up his story). A script, reportedly by original co-writer Jeffrey Boam, has been doing the rounds on the internet for a while, but it reads like fan-fiction to us (even if it's decently written). But the film never got off the ground, and Warners proceeded with a sequel, infuriating Schumacher. The director said in 2007 " ”I told them to do 'Lost Girls' and not do 'Lost Boys Sequel.’ There is no 'Lost Boys' sequel. All the boys are dead. The Coreys are too old. So what would be the movie? You'd have to make up a whole new set of characters. I told them to do 'Lost Girls.' It'd be great. I said, 'Do gorgeous teenage biker chicks who are vampires. It'll be great.' But they don't listen to me."