Will There Be a ‘Lost’ Reboot? Here’s What We Know
Do we have to go back, Kate…again? It seems at this point that no show that was ever remotely popular can escape the possibility of a reboot, and Lost was one of the biggest TV dramas of the 2000s, so could a revival be around the corner? Will we ever see more Lost?
After Lost ended, creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse were very definitive about the fact that they were done with the show. But we started hearing some discussion of a reboot in 2014, and it was from Carlton Cuse himself. After reiterating that the series finale was always planned as the ending and he and Lindelof have no plans to make any more episodes, he said:
“I think it’s likely that at some point, ABC will want to reboot Lost because it’s a valuable franchise. I do not begrudge ABC the opportunity to do something more with the franchise. But we told the story we wanted to tell, and I think there’s kind of a wonderful sense of closure for us.”
A few years later, in January 2017, Damon Lindelof said he also thinks Lost will return. Not only that, but Lindelof said he would actually welcome it, explaining:
“[Executive producer] 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.”
At the same time, he was pretty adamant about the fact that he and Cuse wouldn’t go back and work on a reboot or spinoff. After all, he thinks it would feel like a betrayal if they acted as if the series finale was the end of the story, only to suddenly continue the story years later.
In January 2018, with revival fever in full swing, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said that there weren’t any active discussions of a Lost reboot, although she suggested she thinks it’s a good idea. She said:
“We have not had any official discussions about that. It’s something that’s on a list of, ‘Wouldn’t that be great if… ,” but at this point it’s only at that place.”
The most recent update came this week when Evangeline Lilly was interviewed for Ant-Man and the Wasp. She was asked if she would return for a Lost reboot, and she said she doesn’t like the idea, although she didn’t completely rule it out, either. She said:
“There’s a rumor every year that they are going to reboot Lost. The thing about reboots and remakes is that I don’t like them in general, period. I want people to leave Star Wars alone! I did love Rogue One, as an aside. But for the most part, I don’t usually love them. I feel like it’s just tainting something that’s precious. I’ve said I don’t want to do things in the past and I’ve done them — you know, never say never — but sitting where I am today, my assumption is no.”
Although there don’t seem to be any plans for a Lost reboot right now, pretty much every TV show revival announcement has been preceded by months if not years of the cast and crew saying they aren’t sure if they’d ever bring the series back. At this point, it really does seem inevitable that we’ll see something else in the Lost universe one day, although Lindelof and Cuse certainly won’t be involved.
Most of the original cast probably wouldn’t be involved, either. After all, only a few characters are even alive at the end of the show. The series concludes with a handful of survivors, including Kate and Sawyer, making it off the island, while Ben and Hurley stay behind to protect it and Jack dies. Presumably, Kate and the other survivors lived a normal life after making it back home, dying at some point and then ending up in the church with Jack.
It’s possible a Lost revival could just feature a whole new cast of characters arriving on the island, either under Hurley and Ben’s control or at any point throughout its long history. For what it’s worth, Lindelof feels any possible revival shouldn’t incorporate the original series’ characters, as he worked hard to make “The End” the conclusion of their storylines. He said:
“My one hope would be that when that happens, that whoever’s doing it doesn’t take the characters from the original Lost and put them in the new one because we worked so hard to end that show, to give the journey of the people who were on Oceanic 815, and the people who were on the island when 815 crashed, some level of closure…I would just be bummed, like, if Matthew Fox was in it. But if somebody wanted to do their version of Lost, where they’re using the mythology of the island or something else, I’d be pretty interested in it.”
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