ABC's Lost holds a special place in the hearts of TV fans all over the world. Over the course of its six-year run, the series became instantly iconic for its undeniably convoluted (and endlessly addictive) brand of storytelling. It's been seven years since we last saw the survivors of Ocean Flight 815, and fans have consistently demanded a revival in some form or another. According to series creator Damon Lindelof, Lost could come back to the small screen -- but he likely wouldn't be involved. Lindelof explained:
Carlton [Cuse] and I always said that we welcome any future crack at the [intellectual property]. Lost was bigger than us and bigger than [co-creator] J.J. [Abrams]. There's something really exciting about the fact that George Lucas sold the Star Wars universe and now the people who grew up watching it are making it. Maybe the same thing could be said for Lost.
If you were a fan of Lost during its initial run, then Damon Lindelof's comments to EW should get you seriously excited about the possibilities -- even if nothing is guaranteed. In the same way that Star Wars has become bigger than George Lucas, Lost could potentially find a new home in the care of some fresh creative minds. As reboots and cinematic universes become even more prevalent with each passing year, this idea becomes more and more plausible as time goes on. Look no further than what J.J. Abrams and Gareth Edwards have done with Star Wars; when fans who grew up with a particular universe get a shot to create within it, magic can happen.
Before any of us get too excited about the possibility of a Lost reboot, we should also remember the fact that there's no telling how good it could be. If you recall, everyone as excited about the possibility of Heroes returning to NBC in 2015, and fans of the original Heroes continuity almost universally reviled that miniseries event. If Lost does return at some point for a reboot, then the creative forces behind the revival will need to make sure that they bring something new, exciting, and (most importantly) good to the table. A reboot for the sake of a reboot is almost never a good idea.
It's also worth remembering that there are a few fundamental differences between Lost and Star Wars -- the most notable being the way George Lucas structured his universe. The galaxy far, far away lends itself to an ever-expanding narrative that different filmmakers can take different shots at over an extended period. I'm not necessarily sure that the Lost universe can operate the same way; that said, if they find a way to make it work then I am completely on board.
Whether or not Lost will return to confuse the absolute hell out of us remains to be seen. If it does, we can now reasonably assume that Mr. Lindelof won't be involved. We will bring you more information regarding this matter as new updates become available to us.
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