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Don't Expect Lost To Come Back Soon

We probably won't be going back to the island anytime soon.

Believe it or not, it's been almost eight years since Lost came to a hazy end on ABC, and in Hollywood, that's definitely long enough to warrant a revival or reboot. Rumors of a new installment gained traction over the summer when former co-showrunner Carlton Cuse announced he'd signed a four-year deal to return to ABC Studios.

However, it sounds like there's been no serious talk of bringing Lost back. ABC president Channing Dungey told TVLine that it's just an idea right now. "We have not had any official discussions about that," she said. "It's something that's on a list of, 'Wouldn't that be great if... ,' but at this point, it's only at that place."

In fact, Dungey hasn't even spoken to Cuse about the possibility. "I haven't had that conversation with him yet," she said.

If there's a new take of the show, series co-creator and executive producer Damon Lindelof told TVLine he won't be a part of it, but he would be "curious" to see what other writers would do with "their version of Lost" 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," he said. "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."

He does have a point there. Although many fans thought the finale was less than satisfying, it does serve as a bookend to the pilot episode and seems to wrap up that particular story with those characters. It could be interesting to see a new group of survivors, but knowing what we know about the island now, a lot of the inherent mystery would be missing. 

Either way, it doesn't seem like ABC is in a rush.