It’s been over four years since Lost ended its six season run on ABC, but as evidenced when Breaking Bad ended last year that there was still a lot of hurt feelings, and downright rage, about how showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse decided to wrap things up. Heck, it’s a good thing that How I Met Your Mother ended the way it did because it took some of the heat off Lindelof and Cuse. But just because there’s bad blood over how things ended, that doesn’t mean you can’t fall in love all over again. While reminiscing about the show, which debuted 10 years ago this year, Cuse says that it’s somewhat inevitable that sometime, somewhere, Lost and its mysterious island will be revisited once more.
Of course Cuse has moved on since Lost, executive producing series like Bates Motel and The Strain, but he made his bones in the writers room of Lost. He doesn’t have an interest in return to the magical lost island or catching up with the surviving castaways that struggled there for six years, but he can imagine that the hit series might still have some juice for a studio eager to exploit brand loyalty. “Disney owns the franchise, it made them a lot of money, it’s hard to imagine it will just sit there idly forever,” Cuse told Digital Spy. “Damon and I told our story in that world and I assume someone will come along, hopefully having been inspired by our story, or our version of the story, and want to tell their own story.”
You may recall that the final episode of Lost was called “The End.” But Cuse seems to be suggesting that his and Lindelof’s 121 hour story may comprise of one single chapter over the course of numerous entries in the franchise. “It’s like the Narnia chronicles,” Cuse explained. “There are seven books, they were all written by C.S. Lewis, but they all visit Narnia at different times and different configurations and different ways.”
I can see that. In a season six flashback we see island guardian Jacob explain to Richard that numerous people have found themselves washed ashore on the island over the centuries, caught in the never-ending clash between Jacob and the Man in Black to prove who’s right about humanity, do they have the ability for good, or only a capacity for evil? Perhaps a new series, miniseries or movie can look at one of those times. But it could also look to the future. How have Hurley, Ben and Walt fared in their roles as the island’s new stewards? What happened to Rose and Bernard? What happens when a new intrepid group of survivors with coincidental links to each other find themselves stranded? The case of the missing Malaysia Airliner 370 hits a little close to home for the moment, but that’s not to say that someone will never want to re-visit Lost.
“Someone is going to come up with a way to tell another Lost story. I think it’s inevitable. I don’t know what it is or how it would work, but I can’t imagine something else won’t be done with the franchise.”
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