'Lost' creator and executive producer say they have no interest in a reboot or spinoff, but they'd give their blessing if one ever happened
During a New York Comic Con virtual panel, "Lost" creators said they were no longer interested in shows in the "Lost" universe, but they will sponsor someone else's one if Disney approves it.
During a virtual New York Comic Con panel for the 15th anniversary of "Lost", the creators Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof answered fan questions about the ABC series.
Cuse and Lindelof said they had no interest in going back to a restart or spinoff.
They both agreed that if someone had a great idea to sell to Disney that was owned by ABC, they would support another show in the Lost Universe.
"You will have our blessings to do that," said Cuse. "We see no reason to do it. It doesn't feel like we have anything else to say that's worth saying."
Lindelof said no one at Disney had ever spin-off or restarted his.
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ABC's hit series "Lost" ended a decade ago. Co-creator Damon Lindelof and executive producer and writer Carlton Cuse said if anyone else had a good idea about continuing to tell stories in this universe they would give them their blessings.
Just don't expect them to return to the island.
During a New York Comic Con virtual panel on Saturday for the 15th anniversary of the show's premiere, Lindelof and Carlton Cuse were asked what they both think of a possible restart or spinoff.
"It wouldn't be a good idea for us to go back," Cuse told panel host Josh Horowitz. "It comes up all the time and I think Damon and I have been very consistent and open on the subject. We told the story we wanted to tell."
In six seasons, "Lost" followed a group of survivors from Oceanic Flight 815 who crashed on an island. When they tried to return home (and then return to the island) it was consistently a top notch show on ABC.
Jack (Matthew Fox) became obsessed with the idea of returning to the island. ABC screenshot
To this day, fans love to watch the series again and discuss the series' few unsolved mysteries - including a Cuse and Lindelof who said they would never answer the identities of these people in the season five expository.
Lindelof is not interested in restarting "Lost" or exploring spin-offs, but he would support anyone with a good idea.
"If someone else comes along with a great idea of doing something in the Lost Universe and sells it to the Walt Disney Company, they will have our blessings to do so," said Cuse. "We don't see any reason to do it. It doesn't feel like we have anything else to say that's worth saying. We did it."
Lindelof said Disney has never come to him with any other show pitches since the show ended in 2010.
While Lindelof said he read stories online about past and current ABC executives who are open to the idea of restarting the series, no one on the network brought it to his attention.
"In the last three seasons of the show - four, five and six - we put so much emotional energy into the end of this show," added Lindelof, explaining why they don't have to revisit this world.
Panel moderator Josh Horowitz moderated the pre-recorded conversation between Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof for NYCC. NYCC / ReedPop
Lindelof said they learned midway through season three that they would get three more seasons to mark an end to the series. He pointed out that they could do something pretty rare with the ABC series, as opposed to now "where shows end regularly or are finite or are limited series or" we're only going to do three seasons of this thing or whatever " . ""
"In 2004, when Lost started, and certainly in 2007, when we announced it was going to end and it was still rated very highly, everyone said to us, 'They will never let you end this thing. '"said Lindelof.
"So that we put as much emotional energy into the ending and then all of the creative energy into seasons four, five and six, to make the ending as good as possible, to make the ending, on our own terms, like we did It really feels like 20 years later you turn around and say, “Well, that wasn't the end.” It was just “an end.” It feels wrong on every level, but that's it because it was our end, "he continued.
Lindelof says that he still fully agrees with Cuse to add new ideas to the "lost" universe.
"It's been enough time for a generation of people who grew up with Lost to say, 'Hey, I'm a writer,' you know, or 'I have to take care of this thing,'" Lindelof said. "I would love to see a new generation of storytellers take over the 'X-Files' or even 'Twin Peaks' or 'Lost'."
"I think stories can be told by anyone, and anyone can take over and control the story to make it their own vision and that would be pretty exciting," added Lindolf.
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