SL-LOST has learned exclusively that a sequel series to the worldwide phenomenon LOST will be premiering on ABC in January 2012.
Production is set to take place in New Zealand, given that Hawaii was quarantined by Fringe Division two months ago. Joss Whedon, who ran the original series during its six seasons, will no longer be the man behind the curtain: “I’m incredibly busy with the production of ‘Red Lantern’ and ‘The Justice League’, so I won’t be involved on the new show as much as I’d love to”, says Whedon. “However, I have faith that Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse [former ‘Alias’ Exec. Producers] will do a fantastic job as the new showrunners.”
Plot details are still a bit sketchy, but Lindelof and Cuse teased that the new series will take place after the events of last May’s universally-acclaimed LOST finale, where the remaining survivors of Zeppelin Flight 815 saved the Island from being destroyed by a huge vortex.
Confirmed returning cast members include Andrew Lincoln (Jack Shephard), Olivia Wilde (Kate), Taylor Kitsch (Sawyer) and Jorge Garcia (Hurley). Additionally, unknown actors Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly and Josh Holloway have been cast as the members of a new group of survivors that ends up on the Island.
An exact date for the premiere of this new series is yet to be announced, but rumors say ABC could air the show against the 13th and final season of NBC’s ‘The West Wing’.
(ps: this is the cruelest April Fools joke in the world. Initially I got ridiculously excited but as soon as they said Hawaii was quarantined by Fringe Division … so no, there will be no LOST sequel-series) 😦 epic-sadface.