Television nowadays is packed with reboots, revivals, and sequels, which naturally has led fans to start hoping against hope for their favorite finished shows to return. Some Lost fans are among those hoping for more, as the massively successful show closed on a very divisive finale that left about as many questions as answers. Now, Lost executive producer and co-creator Damon Lindelof has weighed in on the potential for a reboot, and his response was surprisingly positive… mostly.
Lost was able to build toward an ending rather than get cut off without the time or opportunity to wrap the highly serialized story, but that doesn’t mean a different take on the series wouldn’t win an audience. Speaking with ComicBook.com, Damon Lindelof addressed a possible reboot:
We had such an opportunity to kind of do everything that we wanted to there. This is, again, it's another situation where, for someone who's come in and worked in the Alien-verse and the Star Trek-verse and now the Watchmen-verse, the idea that I created some original IP in Lost that someone else could come in and put their spin on, I would love to see more Lost. I'd love to see what other people would do with it. I just kind of feel like I had my crack at it and it's time for the old man to step aside and let someone else take the reins. That would be cool for there to be more Lost, but, again, I don't think it should be me.
The good news for those hoping for a reboot is that one of the people responsible for making the original such a hit would “love” to see more Lost. The catch is that Damon Lindelof himself isn’t interested in being part of the reboot and would rather see how others would handle the premise.
While others taking over would probably guarantee a true reboot with new characters, it might mean an unsatisfying revival if another Lost was to bring back characters from the original. Damon Lindelof did previously weigh in about the possibility of a reboot bringing back original characters, saying that he wouldn’t want to see the closure at the end of the original series finale ruined by them returning.
All of this said, a Lost reboot is purely hypothetical at this point. Damon Lindelof’s comments echo those of fellow former Lost executive producer Carlton Cuse, who stated back in 2017 that they had no intentions of rebooting their hit show. Evangeline Lilly, who played Kate on Lost, has already said that she hopes Lost won’t be rebooted.
Interestingly, however, ABC President Karey Burke dropped a comment back in February 2019 that suggests more Lost could be on the way at some point. Burke shared that she would be interested in seeing a Lost reboot, and her support could mean a big step forward if it becomes official. Still, Lost fans shouldn’t start preparing to go back to the island, for better or for worse. Only time will tell.
For now, Lost fans who miss the series that arguably changed television forever by exploring large-scale serialized stories on a weekly basis can always rewatch the six seasons. The full series is currently available streaming on Hulu and for free on IMDB TV. There’s always something new to be gained from watching or rewatching Lost, especially as the years passed and the plot became more complicated and/or convoluted, depending on your views of the later seasons.
Damon Lindelof also made a splash with some big post-Lost projects, including HBO’s The Leftovers and Watchmen, the latter of which sadly ran for only one season as a limited series. If you’re in the market for some TV options now and in the not-too-distant future, be sure to check out our 2020 summer premiere schedule, and don’t forget to vote in our poll below about a potential Lost reboot.