Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof has no plans to go back to the island, but he's curious what others will do if the show is eventually revisited. While moviegoers lament the big screen's obsession with reboots and revivals, TV has spent just as long using pre-existing series to churn out new content. Whether it's called a reboot or revival, every year brings at least one new project based on a show from the past. So when it comes to one of the biggest TV series of all time, will we ever see a new version of Lost?
While we've dreamt of Lost being made today with a whole new batch of actors, another likelihood is that ABC would spin the hit property into a new show. There's even the chance for a one-off TV movie or miniseries, something that's been seen with everything from 24 to Gilmore Girls. What's most puzzling isn't whether Lost will be revisited at some point, but why that hasn't happened yet. Though the show dipped in terms of ratings and critical success towards the end, it was a still a massive cultural phenomenon and shaped the genre and drama landscape of TV today. So how do the minds behind the series feel about the idea of going back to the mysterious island?
TVLine spoke with Lost co-creator and co-showrunner Damon Lindelof about the possibility of the show being re-explored. For him, the idea of a reboot is exciting -- as long as it's handled the right way.
“I’ve thought about it a lot. [I] hope that when that happens, whoever is doing it, doesn’t take the characters from the original Lost and put them in the new one. Because we worked so hard to end that show and to give [the survivors] some level of closure. I know there was some debate as to whether or not there was enough closure…”
Lindelof has a good point. Regardless of how fans felt, the writers had a specific vision for the series that they saw through. As such, it would be a shame to see the same characters and beats repeated. Given the dense mythology of the series, however, the possibilities are endless when it comes to setting a new show in the world Lindelof built with J.J. Abrams and Carlton Cuse. But as intrigued and curious as Lindelof is about a new iteration of Lost, he's happy to leave it to someone else.
“It would be really exciting if there’s another incarnation of Lost, I just won’t have any association with it. Not because I’m too good for it. I just feel like, again, we worked so hard to end our story, that to come back and say, ‘Well, that wasn’t the real ending,’ would be frustrating.”
In the meantime, Lindelof is plenty busy. After wrapping his series The Leftovers, the writer may be re-teaming with HBO to create a new TV series based on the Watchmen graphic novel. And though virtually nothing is known about the project, the comic's original artist thinks TV will suit the story better than film did. When it comes to both the Watchmen series and a potential Lost revival, we'll just have to wait and see what happens.