Lost: A movie with Tom Hanks is the origin of the Phenomenon series!

Lost: A movie with Tom Hanks is the origin of the Phenomenon series!

An original concept, brilliant screenwriters, an ambitious budget and a crazy bet: discover how Lost was born and how the person who came up with the idea was no longer in the game when the series aired.

When their plane crashes on a seemingly deserted island, a group of survivors must work together to survive in a hostile environment. : Here’s the summary that seemed simple. But since the first episode, Lost doesn’t hide his fondness for intricate puzzles: an island with strange electromagnetic properties, a joking polar bear, a black-smoke monster, survivors with closely related fates, confounding space-time and eternity… So many mysteries that make the series the legend it is today. . And it would take a lot of brains to create it. It all started with an idea: Lloyd Brown, president of the ABC series In Time of Facts.

The story began in 2001. I was watching a reality show by Conan O’Brien called Lost. I remember thinking, “This is the best series title ever.” The show was canceled and I put the title in a corner of my mind. After two or three years, I’m in Hawaii with my family […]. One evening, the movie Alone in the world appears on TV. The next day there was dinner on the beach. I sat there with a drink in my hand thinking, “How I wish I could figure out how to put on a show like that.” Soon, a large ABC retreat was held, with about 100-200 people, and everyone had to come up with something. […] I am putting forward the idea, not a word. (Empire Magazine, 2013).

First drawing failed

Thom Sherman, president of production company Bad Robot, which he co-founded with screenwriter, director JJ Abrams, and producer Bryan Burk, nonetheless believes in the project and offers to help. This is how screenwriter Jeffrey Lieber appears on the scene: he was asked to develop the first version of the script based on Brown’s original idea. The instructions are clear: the display must look real. Lieber starts with the following ideas: create a new community and survive at all costs. tells: “In the middle were two brothers, like Cain and Abel. After the plane crash, the rich brother moves inland to a castle. The other, less wealthy, settles on the shore. […] At one point, I suggested a shark attack, but was told, “No, that’s not realistic!”. Throughout the year, Brown receives updates on what he calls his “favourite project” and then finally a script around Christmas. And there is disappointment. “I was on vacation and had a bunch of scenarios to read. […] You come to a text called “Nowhere”. And I’m like, oh no. Don’t tell me that’s it…’. I start reading the script and I hate it. This is exactly what everyone feared. I’m so disgusting.”

JJ Abrams to the rescue

Then only one man can save them: the one whose name is always mentioned when trouble arises. “At ABC, whenever we had an idea we were having a problem with her, the first name that always came to mind was, ‘What would JJ do?'” “ Says Thom Sherman (“Genesis of the Lost,” special feature from the Lost, Lost DVD collection, Complete Season 1).

However, Abrams is busy – with Alias, among other projects. The proposal was launched, but the beloved screenwriter hesitates, because he does not have much time to devote to it. He ended up thinking about it anyway. “I started thinking about a story that might be interesting to me about a plane crash and its survivors. Then I had this idea: What if the island wasn’t just an island. And if they found a hole there. And to me, this strange little thing was a nugget, and that might be Fabulous.” JJ called us and said, ‘Unfortunately, I have some ideas.’ [Rires]. “ Tom Sherman says:

Abrams sets his terms: The show has to be more than a series about survivors and the island has to be a mystery character in its own right. However, he is very busy and asks for a writing partner: this is how Damon Lindelof, a true fan of Abrams, joins the project. “I started thinking. […] A riddle about the people involved in the accident, and a riddle about the island on which they crashed”, says Lindelof. The two screenwriters, on the same wavelength, quickly form a hellish duo and the rest you know: Lost in all its excessive splendor.

While Abrams and Lindelof are having a great time thanks to the great creative freedom that Lloyd Brown affords them, the latter finally falls under the influence of his project which then has nothing to do with the release of Jeffrey Lieber that he hated so much. What is Lieber’s opinion of this almost complete reform? “I don’t have any hard feelings – what Damon and JJ did was amazing and I’m proud of my limited association with the project. Having said that, when I finally saw the pilot and the trees shaking at the end, I laughed to myself. Because I was forced into reality during my draft that I couldn’t even From being attacked by a shark. I should have made it a polar bear attack!”

Criticism of the project and early departure

The project is finally on the right track, but the complications don’t stop there. In fact, Lloyd Braun maintains conflicting relationships with Michael Eisner and Robert Iger, who are two high-profile members of ABC’s parent company, Disney. Controversies that seem to be preventing the project from moving forward as Brown would like: Lost He encounters resistance at every step of the process. Thus the script was heavily criticized by Disney executives.

And the problem extends: what is born from the brilliant minds of Abrams and Lindelof is not cheap because whoever says research script and ambitious project, say financial means. From its intricate sets to its cinematic visuals to its ominous soundtrack – made with real plane parts as percussion – Lost requires a certain budget. While most 45-minute pilots cost between $4 million and $5 million, Lost plays the Rebel: his (two-part pilot, though) is the most expensive in ABC history, costing about $13 million.

However, Brown was still determined to film the pilot in Hawaii…until he was no longer a part of ABC! Resign or sack, rumor is going well. The most popular says he was thanked for giving the go-ahead to the exaggerated pilot before the episodes aired. However, the sources differ. Others say he quit in order to “save” the project, fearing that his relationship with Disney would hinder the show’s progress. Anyway, at the time of its airing, he was no longer around to enjoy the success of the series he had an idea. However, the channel now owes one of its greatest successes, to which it also approved two other major series, Desperate Housewives and Gray’s Anatomy…

Voice up, secret

But Brown left his mark on the project…especially his voice please! For those who watched the original version, remember that hoarse bell that uttered the mythical ‘previously lost’ : that was from Lloyd Brown. At the request of J.J. Abrams and in appreciation of his staging role after his “departure” from ABC, Braun agrees to record the line on the condition of anonymity.

The two men then met, accompanied by a sound maker, in a conference room at the Beverly Hills Hotel. According to Brown, the recording has been altered somewhat to help mask his bell. The identity of the man behind the voice had been kept secret for several years before then, and according to Brown, Howard Stern, one of his close friends, discovered the secret and then leaked it. (Vulture, 2010).

Although it didn’t garner all the laurels it deserved, Lloyd Brown’s stunt paid off: the barrage of praise fell, spectators were dazzled, and awards given and lost became one of the most celebrated, admired, and theorized series ever – and certainly the best. A (expensive) masterpiece for an unprecedented small screen.

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