Undoubtedly my personal favorite television series of all time, it’s been almost two years since the series finale of LOST aired on ABC. The beloved show wasn’t without it’s fair share of controversy, as well as a few disgruntled fans. After a six year run, the series left a church to go into TV heaven, and many imitators have tried but eventually failed to tap into the large cult mystery market since. Now, it seems the universe of the show could still live on some day in the future, but without a key member.
In an interview with Damon Lindelof, who co-created the series with Carlton Cuse, Variety asked the writer if LOST would be revisited at all:
“It’s been two years (since the series wrapped) and we told the story we wanted to tell,” Lindelof said. But he admits ABC might look for ways to bring back “Lost” in some form. “I do feel like the world has not seen the end of ‘Lost,’ but I’m not going to have any involvement,” he said. “It would be hypocritical for me to say ‘I’m going to do ‘Star Trek’ but I don’t want anyone to touch Lost’.
Now, it should be noted that while there is the possibility that the world of LOST could return, there is nothing currently in development. Lindelof is purely speaking in the future sense, and given the pop culture icon status of the series, it’s really not a surprise. Without Lindelof’s involvement, it’ll certainly be hard to say where a future iteration would end up. But, he definitely seems to be willing to pass the torch if the time comes.
The only question would be whether or not the project would be a remake, which many would surely dread, or a continuation from the prologue “The New Man in Charge”, which does leave things hanging a bit. Plus, given all of the information already supplied regarding the island, it would seem less mysterious and half-hearted to do a remake. Another option, however, would be to have a series that is set in the same universe, but be very much different from that of the original show.
So, will we have LOST: The Next Generation? It always seemed possible in some form. But judging by how many problems people had with the original series as it began to go on, it’ll be hard to say if it could fine the same type of audience again. Or, if it would even work a second time around. But, here’s to hoping we’ll be seeing those numbers again sometime soon.
Lindelof’s next scripted effort Prometheus, directed by Ridley Scott, hits theaters on June 8th.
What do you think? Should ABC expand upon the world ofLOST by bringing a new group of survivors to the island, or create a new series set in the same universe? Or, should they instead just leave the hit series as is?