X-FILES MEETS GILLIGAN?
Interesting Times article about how Lost came into being.
Apparently a network exec had sort of an idea and asked JJ Abrams (Alias
) to come up with a pitch. The meeting was Monday, the pitch was Friday and the pilot was greenlit Saturday.
(Or that's their story anyway. I can't tell you how many instant successes in Hollywood came after much toil that is somehow not counted against the instantaneousness. (Instantaneity?))
I still haven't watched it. The first ep I watched had the hero seeing his disapproving father in the bushes, and I thought it was some tired old Freudian thing. But apparently it is a Way Strange Island. So I will watch it. Thank goodness for the ol' Personal Video Recorder.
Of course, you have to be
JJ Abrams to get invited to that meeting. So this technique of getting your pilot greenlit fast may not work for you... or me...
You're right, most people aren't going to get their pilot greenlit that fast. It probably helped that the pitch came from an executive.
Lost is a great show. I remember before the show started some people doubted that audiences would go for such a large cast, but it hasn't seemed to hurt the show.
Back to Complications Ensue main blog page.