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Lost co-creator Carlton Cuse doesn't rule out reboot with new showrunner, different characters

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Aug 16, 2018

When it comes to Lost, time and space were relative in ABC's hit television phenom from the mid-2000s.

But one thing's for sure: 2010's polarizing series finale aimed to give its obsessed fan base the definitive ending they'd been pining for, even if "The End" turned out to be wholly unsatisfying for many given its metaphysical "they're all stuck in limbo" explanation.

But are there still questions about the Island that need to be answered? Are they really all in purgatory? Is the Man in Black really dead? Do Desmond and Penny live happily ever after in the real world? Do we even still care?

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When asked whether he'd be up for rebooting the beloved serial drama now that he's snagged a $20 million production deal with ABC Studios, showrunner Carlton Cuse said he and co-creator Damon Lindelof "told the story that we wanted to tell."

But he did leave the door open a crack given TV's Platinum Age craze of resurrecting popular shows -- see Will & Grace, Roseanne, and a possible Battlestar Galactica reboot, just to name a few.

"Damon and I have always been adamant that we told the story that we wanted to tell," Cuse told The Hollywood Reporter in a sit-down about Amazon's Jack Ryan, which he is also shepherding. "I would be fine if ABC hired somebody who had a good idea [to reboot it] involving other characters that go to the island at some other point in time. I would be less excited if they wanted to use the characters that we had in our show."

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It makes sense that the 59-year-old writer-producer would be open to going back to the well, er, hatch, if there were new folks to follow besides Dr. Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox), former fugitive Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly), con man Sawyer (Josh Holloway), millionaire Hugo "Hurley" Reyes (Jorge Garcia), Iraqi soldier Sayid (Naveen Andrews), the mysterious John Locke (Terry O'Quinn), Korean couple Jin and Sun (Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim), and the rest of the survivors from Oceanic Airlines Flight 815. After all, their arcs have been played out in every timeline imaginable.

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Jack Shephard

The original script for LOST went through more revisions than a Kickstarter-funded video game. In one early rendition, Jack Shephard's character was a military man. Like Dr. Shephard eventually turned out to be, the "Major" was depended upon by the surviviors for leadership. However, midway through the pilot, this character dies in a cliff collapse. We can only imagine Jack plummeting to his death while slowly but surely counting to five.

But let's be honest – could a new Lost ever recapture the magic of the original with an updated version going down new rabbit holes and delivering the riveting twists and turns of plot and mysteries people came to expect? (See the Smoke Monster, the Dharma Initative, the Others, Jack's penchant for nonstop crying, etc.)

When asked whether he'd want to be involved in such an idea, Cuse was pretty clear: "I don't think so, no."

So far, ABC Studios is not said to be considering a reboot. But to paraphrase John Locke/The Man in Black, don't tell the network what it can't do.

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