SD Comic-Con ’10: ‘Lost Boys: The Thirst’ will be Tribute to Corey Haim

Those notorious vamp-killing Frog Brothers, Edgar (Corey Feldman) and Alan (Jamison Newlander) were on hand in San Diego to show the Comic-Con crowd the third entry in the Lost Boys saga, subtitled The Thirst. Bloody-Disgusting spoke exclusively with Feldman and Newlander about the project, which was shooting in South Africa when news surfaced of original Lost Boys co-star Corey Haim’s passing.
Feldman says the news hit hard and that he was originally hoping to cast Haim in the fourth BOYS film. “The plan was certainly to have him back for the fourth film and it’s tragic that it can’t go that direction now,” Feldman tells BD. “We’re going to have to figure out what to do with his character.

It was a cruel twist of fate that that happened,” says fellow co-star Jamison Newlander. “I miss Corey a lot. I looked forward to working with him on into the future.

This film is dedicated to Corey Haim, for the record,” adds Feldman. “There’s a lot of acknowledgement to the Sam character. We were trying very hard to get him in the film. At that time, the studio felt they needed to see him earn his place again. This last film was a way to acknowledge the character without bringing him back. We were figuring out a way to design his comeback for the next film. We were mapping that out right around the time we were shooting scenes in this film pertaining to his character.

Without revealing the exact contents of the scene, Feldman acknowledged a concern that certain scenes may appear to have been shot in reaction to Haim’s death, but Feldman clarifies that is not the cast. “I don’t want to give too much away, but this is important for the fans to know, the scenes that you see in this film that pertain to the Sam Emerson character were shot in context of making the film. They were not shot after his death. So it’s very creepy and eerie. People are going to look at it and go, ‘Oh, come on, there’s no way they shot this when he was alive. But the truth of the matter is it was shot when he was alive and it was all part of the master plan. The fact that he passed away suddenly was shocking to all of us. When you see the stuff in the film, just understand that it all happened exactly as planned. It’s just a fluke that it turned out the way that it did.

LOST BOYS: THE THIRST will release on Blu-ray and DVD this October.