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Could a movie version of “Lost” be in the works? That’s the latest movie rumor swishing around on the internet. I blame the July 4th holiday, reliable news is slow and so everyone is grasping at straws.

Still, if you’re a fan of “Lost” this is the sort of thing you’d probably love to know. Entertainment news syndicate WENN is running a brief quote from “Lost” series co-creator Damon Lindelof in which he discusses the future of his show. He says, “We'd love to end the show after four year, five years tops and do a movie."

Great. What creator of a popular television series wouldn’t like to turn his show into a movie? That’s where the big money is. That doesn’t mean it’ll happen. That probably depends on how popular the show still is by year four or five. Can they sustain it that long? Some already pointing to season 2 as a bit of a valley. It seems unlikely that “Lost” will still have the built in fan base necessary for something like that a few years from now. At least not enough to get big studio backing.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors of a Lost movie. Around this time last year, another story leaked from WENN hinting that three major studios were in the midst of a bidding war for the right to make a feature film. That old rumor further indicated that if a movie happens, it would probably be used as a series finale. So the show would end with some sort of cliffhanger on television, then to find out where everything ended you’d have to trudge out to a theater and buy a movie ticket.

Nothing ever seemed to come of that old rumor, but it seems like interest in Lost as a film property hasn’t disappeared.

To me, the best news here is that Lindelof is determined to avoid dragging the series beyond it’s expiration date. Five seasons sounds about the right length for “Lost’s” style of episodic television. Some shows can’t even manage that much. “Desperate Housewives” for instance, probably should have made an exit after season one.