ABC executive Barry Jossen read an open letter from George Lucas to Lost executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, at the recent Lost Live: The Final Celebration event at UCLA. Here’s George’s reflective feedback on Lost:
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.
After hearing the letter read, Lindelof said, “I just want to apologize to Mr. George Lucas for everything I said about the prequels.” Of course, the crowd laughter.