Posted on Monday, May 17th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
Last week during Lost Live: The Final Celebration, ABC network executive Barry Jossen read a letter George Lucas wrote to Lost executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. In the letter, Lucas finally admitted the obvious — he had no idea where the story was going when Star Wars just came out, and that “the trick is to pretend you’ve planned the whole thing out in advance.”
Here’s the text of the letter from Zap:
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 the letter was read, Lindelof joked, “I just want to apologize to Mr. George Lucas for everything I said about the prequels…”