It has been six long years six the last episode of the show “Lost.” This is significant for a couple of reasons. First of all, six years is how long the show ran on the air. Second, six years is significant enough for people who were true fans of the show to start experiencing certain feelings of nastalgia that can be triggered by any number of occurrences. Anytime that nastalgia begins to run rampid in Hollywood, the talk of reviving or rebooting the film or series begins.
There has been a great deal of discussion surrounding the possibility of reviving “Lost” and while there are some challenges that could make this a difficult task, it is likely that the network executives and producers at ABC figure out a way to make it happen.
Before I explain why and how, I will address the greatest obstacle — the definitive end to the show. The show had such a definitive end, it will be challenging to attempt to pick up where the show ended. The end of the show took us so far into the future after everyone had died or escape the island that recreating a reality of being lost again will definitely require a significant amount of creativity and authenticity.
One way that they could get around that is take somewhat of a Rogue One approach in which the initiate a number of stories that took place before the show actually ended, but were never revealed — maybe the time frame between when jack died and everyone else did. There is a lot of room to play around there and can be immensely authentic and make sense of a lot of the what ifs that currently exist in the minds of fans.
The other way to make it happen would be to create a spin-off series in which a similar incident takes place but with different characters. The challenge with this approach would be getting the fans to connect with and identify with all of the new characters.
The creators and writers for the show have revealed that they are willing to entertain new ideas for the show, but Damon Lindelof, a co-creator of the series iterate my previous point that the end was so definitive that any new adaptation would have to feature new characters. He pointed out the fact that not only did everyone on the die, but their post-death experiences were revealed as well. Reviving the show with the same characters runs a chance of ticking off fans and losing that base, which would be the primary reason for the reboot.
Lindelof also revealed that he should not be the person that makes it happen, but that responsibility should be handed down to someone else.
The biggest argument for the revival of Lost is that everything else is being revived, including Prison Break, The X-Files, Twin peaks, 24 and Heroes. So, why not take Lost for another spin and see how much mileage you can get out of the phenomenon? The opportunity is definitely there and it is likely that ABC will take advantage of it in the near future.