Lost was a show full of wonder and mystery and polar bears and an ending that managed to piss off just about everyone who invested their time and energy into the series over the previous seasons (there is, admittedly, some debate on that front). But what if that wasn’t really the end? What if the show pulls off its biggest shocking surprise and comes back from the dead? That sounds bonkers, right? But according to one of the producers, however, he views it at a very real possibility.
Carlton Cuse executive produced and wrote for Lost from 2004 until it wrapped up in 2010, and in his eyes, it’s not only possible that we could see more episodes of the series in the future, but he even goes so far as to call it “inevitable.”
As 2014 marks the tenth anniversary of the debut of the mind-bending series on ABC, there have and been all kinds of gatherings, reunions, and celebrations to mark the occasion. Speaking about the show on ABC in America, he drew an unexpected parallel between Lost and another popular franchise, of sorts, C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books. Some of which have been turned into movies that I forget exist.
Here’s what Cuse said:
Disney owns the franchise, it made them a lot of money, it’s hard to imagine it will just sit there idly forever.
Damon [Lindelof] 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.
It’s like the Narnia chronicles. There are seen books, they were all written by CS Lewis, but they all visit Narnia at different times and different configurations and different ways.
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.
Once he explains his perspective, the Narnia analogy actually makes a lot of sense. Should Disney decide to dust the franchise off, they could visit the island, whatever it is—hell, purgatory, a dream, just a weird ass island—at a number of different times with various groups or individuals. There are obviously stories to tell. If they’re going to do it, that’s one interesting way they could go about it. But the biggest question remains, just because they can do it, does that mean they should do it?
My guess is that, as much as people love the show, most would vote to leave well enough alone and let the island be. As good as the show was at times, there were just as many, if not more, where they strained. It’s possible that they could do a thing like so many other modern shows, where each season is its own contained narrative in its own specific time, which would certainly fit into Cuse’s theoretical model.
While we live in a time where everything gets rebooted, revamped, and brought back, TV shows used to stay dead once they were put down. But now the likes of Community, The Killing, Arrested Development, and others all get resurrected by other venues, so it’s definitely possible we could see this situation arise. Still, there doesn’t appear to be a huge groundswell of people clamoring for more Lost like some of the others. Then again, that’s apparently not going to stop anyone from making more Heroes.
Do you think this will happen? Will we see more Lost? And most importantly, do you want to see more Lost? Until then, you’ll just have to watch Lost the Musical over and over again.