Following the series finale of Lost, co-creator and co-showrunner Damon Lindelof has been quite busy in the film world. He was a credited writer on last year’s Cowboys & Aliens, he co-wrote the upcoming Star Trek sequel, and he wrote Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated return to sci-fi, Prometheus. Now it appears that Lindelof is about ready to return to the TV world, as the scribe is nearing a three-year overall deal with Warner Bros. TV. As Lindelof himself puts it, “I’m ready to come back to TV full-time.”
Hit the jump for more from Lindelof, including what genre of series he plans on creating and what kind of network he’s looking for.
Though plenty of creatives sign overall deals in which they dabble in different media, Lindelof flat-out states that this deal is about him creating his next show. I’m sure he’ll develop and produce a few other projects like his cohort J.J. Abrams, but he also plans on creating and running a show of his own. As for the genre of said series, Lindelof tells Deadline that he’s a bit sci-fied out:
“I think certainly film-wise, I’m spaced out, I think I’ve got the robot-spaceship future bug out of my system. I probably won’t be the guy who creates the next Mad Men or Breaking Bad, though I love both of these shows. What I love about television is character-based storytelling, and I want to continue to explore fantastical way of doing it where characters live in a world that is a little skewed.”
Lindelof adds that he won’t be the one to create the next Lost, saying that he’s done doing shows with “wackadoo mythology.” He also won’t likely be returning to network television; the scribe met with ABC Studios, which produced Lost, but he decided to sign with Warner Brothers. Television because he wanted to do a basic cable series and that would be an extremely difficult feat with ABC Studios’ business model.
Lindelof doesn’t cite any movie world bad blood as the reason for his television return, he simply missed “the energy and excitement of doing series television.” He’s currently finishing up his last feature writing assignment, a secretive large-scale sci-fi film for Disney called 1952, which Brad Bird will direct. Once he’s handed in his draft of 1952, he’ll get to work on developing his next series. The scribe’s Lost co-showrunner and partner-in-crime Carlton Cuse recently signed on to a new series of his own, A&E’s Psycho prequel show The Bates Motel.
As an avid fan of Lost (yes, I liked the finale), I’m incredibly eager to see Lindelof return to the world of television. I’m happy to see that he’ll be moving to basic cable, where some of the best storytelling across any medium is currently taking place. Given Lost’s zeitgeist invasion, Lindelof’s next series is sure to come with plenty of baggage and expectations. I’m not looking for a big mythology or any super strange sci-fi elements; what makes great TV great is compelling characters and ballsy storytelling. Lost succeeded on both counts in my book (for the most part), so hopefully Lindelof has some new exciting stories to tell.