A few nights ago, ABC held an event called “Lost Live: The Final Celebration” at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The event featured composer Michael Giacchino conducting a live orchestral performance of some of the music from Lost and they also showed next week’s episode. During the event, ABC executive Barry Jossen read a letter from George Lucas to executive producers/show runners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. Hit the jump for more:
Here’s the letter (via zap2it):
Congratulations on pulling off an amazing show. Don’t tell anyone … but when ‘Star Wars’ first came out, I didn’t know where it was going either. The trick is to pretend you’ve planned the whole thing out in advance. Throw in some father issues and references to other stories — let’s call them homages — and you’ve got a series.
In six seasons, you’ve managed to span both time and space, and I don’t think I’m alone in saying that I never saw what was around the corner. Now that it’s all coming to an end, it’s impressive to see how much was planned out in advance and how neatly you’ve wrapped up everything. You’ve created something really special. I’m sad that the series is ending, but I look forward to seeing what you two are going to do next.
If you don’t know, Lindelof is a huge Star Wars fan and has been photographed wearing a vintage Bantha Tracks t-shirt many times. In fact, when Lindelof first met J.J. Abrams about working together on Lost, he was wearing that shirt. It was one of the reasons Abrams knew they could work together.
After hearing the letter read, Lindelof said, “I just want to apologize to Mr. George Lucas for everything I said about the prequels.” Needless to say, the crowd laughter.