Heading Back To The Island: A Lost Documentary Is In Production

As the hit ABC series approaches the 20th anniversary of its premiere, an official Lost documentary about the show’s history and legacy is in the works.

If you haven’t personally watched Lost, you almost certainly have some frame of reference for it if you’re at all in tune with popular culture. Whether you know it has something to do with a plane crash and polar bears, or that its final episode remains one of the most controversial series finales in history, there is no denying that the show is a cultural landmark. And now, nearly 20 years after the show’s debut, an official documentary is in the works to reveal how one show forever shifted the landscape of television and pop culture fandom.

From director Taylor Morden — best known for his 2020 documentary The Last Blockbuster — comes Getting LOST, a full-length documentary film covering the rich history of one of the most critically acclaimed television shows of all time. “The film will be a collection of brand new interviews with the cast, crew and fan community as well as an enormous amount of archival footage including over 100 hours of footage from an unfinished LOST documentary that was abandoned in 2010,” Getting LOST said in an official press release on Tuesday.

Though no release date has been confirmed, the documentary is slated to debut next year to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the show’s 2004 premiere. The film aims to explore how Lost became a cultural phenomenon — even despite its contentious final episodes that left fans either wholly satisfied or wildly disappointed. “I want to make a film that celebrates the impact that the show had on the pop culture landscape, examines the missteps, and perhaps reveals the true meaning of LOST,” said Morden.

Lost, an ABC series that aired from 2004-2010, follows the survivors of a plane crash who find themselves on a mysterious island. With its riveting storytelling, talented cast, and big budget, the series quickly made a name for itself as the hottest topic of workplace watercooler chatter and critical conversation alike. Since then, it has continued to maintain a strong presence in the pop culture zeitgeist, inspiring shows like The Good Place and Manifest.

LOST was a show that meant so much to so many people, including me! It came at a time when we all still gathered around the tv week to week to find out what would happen next,” said Morden. “Love it or hate it, LOST was a pivotal show and paved the way for the new golden era of television that we all know and love today.”

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