Lost was certainly a televisual mold-breaker. To my mind, it was one of the first shows of the modern era which really gave cinema a run for its money. Without Lost, we might not have seen the likes of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead. It was the first show which really made execs stand up and pay attention to the small screen.
Indeed, from the sounds of things, those execs are still paying attention. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, co-creator Calton Cuse suggested the reboot sharks could be circling the franchise. He explained:
I think it's likely that at some point, ABC will want to reboot Lost because it's a valuable franchise, and there will be some young, bright writer or writers who will come up with a great idea that the network responds to, and that'll be great. 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. I feel like there’s not a moment where I certainly say, 'Oh, hey, I wish we had told this story' or 'I regret that we didn’t get to do this or that.' I feel like we had ample opportunity to tell all the stories that we wanted to tell.
Although this is nowhere near a confirmation that one is in the works, it does confirm a trend we've been seeing in recent years. It seems like every studio and television network has been lacing up their re-boots. Heroes recently got the treatment, while television shows rebooting movies on the small screen are now common place. ABC aren't exactly rocking the ratings war at the minute, with subscription channels such as AMC and HBO drawing in bigger and bigger audiences with each season of their flagship shows. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before one ABC commissioning executive says, "Remember Lost? That was good. Let's bring it back!"
Of course, the problem is that this has little to do with naturally expanding the story, but rather in racking in more viewers and dollar with an already concluded franchise. Having said that, the mysterious world of Lost does perhaps offer some interesting avenues of narrative exploration. One criticism of the finale was that it didn't explain many of the pressing questions of the series. Could a reboot try and now answer them categorically?
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