LOST Co-Creator Damon Lindelof Returning to Television Full-Time

     June 2, 2012


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.

damon-lindelof-tv-showThough 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.

  • Dodge_hickey

    This guy is such a douche! “I’m spaced out” He has had 4 film projects (including Star Trek 2 and 1952) since the end of Lost. He cant cut it on his own when he doesnt have JJ or Carlton Cuse to fall back on!

    [And for the Trolls that will no doubt comment, I am voicing MY opinion I dont care what you think ¬_¬)

    • Hansel

      Can’t wait, Lindelof is awesome :)

      • Shaun

        You spelled “awful” wrong.

  • Masshuu il Thulcandra

    1952? Anyone know what happened in 1952 that would lend itself to a scifi story/movie? ummmmmmm? Very interesting.

  • Mark D

    It might be your opinion, doesn’t mean it can’t be wrong. Lindelof is a good writer, you on the other hand, are a douche. And that is self evident.

  • dd

    Thank god!
    Now quick make the Prometheus sequel while this hack is otherwise occupied – and let us all get the Alien prequel we all wanted.

  • Gabriel

    “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”

    Sure, and Mad Men isn’t “character-based storytelling”. My God, no wonder Prometheus is getting such mixed reviews… This guy is an idiot.

    • Norris

      How is Mad Men not “character-based storytelling”? That is the show, it’s all about character.

      • Gabriel

        Norris, I was being sarcastic. The show is obviously character-driven; Lindelof’s statement is just stupid.

    • Mark

      Blade Runner got mixed reviews too. Try watching the film and engaging your own brain instead of listening to the MAJORITY positive reviews.

      • Gabriel

        OK, let me be a little more explicit. IF this is not a good movie, that will not be a surprise, given the limited intellect of this screenwriter. This MAY be a good movie (I hope it is), but with this guy on board, I’m not expecting anything other than average. And some of the reviews out there seem to be pointing to this direction (visually striking, but with a flawed script).

      • Matts

        Blade Runner may have gotten mixed reviews but anyone who can read knows Peoples can write circles around Lindleof.

    • Kai

      Gabriel. Read Lindelof’s statement again. He said, “What I love about television is character-based storytelling”. He wasn’t knocking Mad Men or Breaking Bad. It was a completely separate thought. He was literally telling us what he loves about television–which is character-based storytelling.

    • Rick

      That’s not what Lindelof meant and you know it.

    • Ethan

      The fact that you would pick this statement to define as stupid is pretty stupid in itself.

  • dj

    He is a big fan of both shows, he mentions them on twitter all the time. I think he was just saying not to expect him to create the next Mad Men or Breaking Bad because those two shows are considered two of the best shows of all time. He’s just tempering expectations.

  • Edward Lee

    Yeah, sorry, Damon. As much as I respect the writing process, I won’t invest in another TV program that bares your name … not after what you and your cronies did with LOST.

  • Ron

    Because he’s fucked up the Alien prequel!!! Prometheus was appalling. He’s now running back to television with his tail between his legs after screwing up Ridley Scott’s movie! This hack should never work in any media related writing ever again! We waited 20 + years for a self inflicted caesarean section! Is that the best he could come up with?!!! WTF!! Hack!!!!!!

  • /tv/

    Whaaaaaahh they didn’t like my movie so I’m running away.

    Big coward. Good riddance to him.

  • merrillmind

    Anyone who is blaming “PROMETHEUS” on Damon are IDIOTS! Do you think he was the only one who wrote for that screenplay? No their were allot of people on that project we dont know what Damon contributed or didn’t so those complaining can shut their mouths because at the end of the day Ridley Scott had final say and serious input ot the story so blame him above all others first.

  • Denize

    I hope he is not involved with a new Star Trek tv series coming maybe after the success of Trek2013.

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