Rumours of a “Lost” reboot have been swirling for some time now, and the question of reviving the cryptic ABC drama came up during a journalists’ scrum with network president Karey Burke during the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour in Pasadena on Tuesday.
The question arose after the network opened its TCA sessions with a video highlighting the network’s history, which included a clip of one of the show’s most memorable moments: when Kate (Evangeline Lilly) tells Jack (Matthew Fox) that they need to return to the island.
Asked by Deadline whether journalists should read anything into the inclusion of that particular scene, Burke joked, “You should.”
Does that mean she’d be open to a reboot of “Lost”? “I would like that very much,” she said, “that’s a reboot I would be interested in seeing.”
However, Burke also admitted there are no formal plans for a “Lost” reboot, and she has yet to have any discussions with series creators J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Jeffrey Lieber.
Back in 2017, Lindelof addressed persistent rumours of the show’s return. “I’ve thought about it a lot,” Lindelof told TV Line, admitting he was “curious” and “excited” about what a potential “Lost” comeback would look like.
“[I] hope that when that happens, whoever is doing it, doesn’t take the characters from the original ‘Lost’ and put them in the new one,” he added. “Because we worked so hard to end that show and to give [the survivors] some level of closure.”
Linedof also said he wouldn’t be interested in a new iteration of “Lost” featuring characters from the original show, saying he’d prefer to see producers introduce “their version” of the show using “the mythology of the island… It would be really exciting if there’s another incarnation of ‘Lost’, I just won’t have any association with it. Not because I’m too good for it. I just feel like, again, we worked so hard to end our story, that to come back and say, ‘Well, that wasn’t the real ending,’ would be frustrating.”