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Screenwriter Damon Lindelof will be setting up to develop projects with Warner Bros. Television for the next three years, according to reports.
Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that the Lost co-creator and the co-writer of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film Prometheus is very close to agreeing to a three-year deal with Warner Bros. TV. J.J. Abrams, who created Lost with Lindelof and Jeffrey Lieber, also works at the studio, as do several other TV veterans, including Greg Berlanti, Josh Schwartz and Kevin Williamson.
Lindelof told Deadline that he is making the move so that he can dedicate himself to television writing. “This (deal) is about me creating my next show,” he explained.
Lindelof, who is also currently working on Abrams’ Star Trek sequel, said that he has just about had enough of science fiction and would like to work in another genre. “I think certainly film-wise, I’m spaced out, I think I’ve got the robot-spaceship future bug out of my system.”
He explained that there is a large difference between writing for movies and TV. “What I love about television is character-based storytelling, and I want to continue to explore fantastical way of doing it where characters live in a world that is a little skewed,” he said. “I’m ready to come back to TV full-time.”
THR notes that Lindelof had previously worked with ABC Studios, which produced Lost. He didn’t create another series for the studio, although he did help develop Once Upon A Time with Lost writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.
While Lindelof will be moving away from films, he still has the Star Trek sequel in production and has written the script to 1952, a Disney production with director Brad Bird attached.
Lindelof’s other credits include Crossing Jordan, Nash Bridges and Cowboys & Aliens.