Writer sues Lost creators

By Colin Mahan

Aug 25, 2005

Hollywood writer Anthony Spinner filed a lawsuit Friday claiming that ABC and Lost creators J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof stole an idea he pitched to the network in 1977.

Lost tells the story of a group of plane crash survivors who find themselves on a mysterious island. They are beset by giant polar bears, villainous people, a frightening wraithlike creature, and, worst of all, their own personal demons.

Spinner says in that in 1977 he was hired by the producers of Land of the Lost to create a show for ABC. The pilot he wrote was called Lost, and it involved a plane crash that stranded people in a mysterious place filled with peril and strange creatures.

ABC has not made any comments regarding the lawsuit, but this is the second high-profile lawsuit the network has been slapped with in recent weeks, as Simon Cowell and the network were sued for allegedly stealing the idea for Cowell's upcoming show, The Million Dollar Idea.

  • Comments (16)
Add a Comment
In reply to :
  • sweetn8 Jun 03, 2010

    I wonder how he would have ended the show? I would have welcomed something else... anything else.

  • melodymaestra Mar 28, 2006

    what if this guy destroyed LOST??!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • KI4BBO Feb 18, 2006

    I'd have to agree with final_requiem, crashing on an island is not an original idea at all. And if you're "Lost" on an island, I'd say "Lost" is an appropriate title.


  • kaidevia Sep 19, 2005

    " He had waited several weeks before remebering he had written that hit TV show ?"

    maybe he was waiting to see how things panned out .... if the storyline followed the path he had taken with his idea or if it was just a loosely based coincidence. i think its unfair to dismiss this guy .... unless you've read his version too.
    lost is a great show and i can understand the fans loyalties to its proported creators.... but hollywood rips people off all the time .... i think he should at least have a fair hearing and not just be dismissed. if hes lying .... it'll come out but if they did steal his idea .... they're making a fortune from it ... so he chould receive some recompense.

  • ArcKid Sep 09, 2005

    We will have to wait and see ...

  • wyrdygerbil Sep 05, 2005

    Im in no way suprised that their being sued..though i knew nothing about this case the people behind this NBC production should have already taken them to court

  • final_requiem Sep 04, 2005

    Puh-lease, the concept of people crashing on a strange island 'filled with peril and strange creatures' is hardly an original idea. At least Lost does it with style - I doubt this guy Anthony Spinner could have made this show the hit that it is.

  • Vanfanfleet Aug 31, 2005

    the irony is just delicious!

  • aumonier Aug 28, 2005

    He had waited several weeks before remebering he had written that hit TV show ?
    Anyway, that wouldn't be such a surprise, TV and movies seems to be lacking of ideas and writers recently. Abrams was one of the few on TV who appeared to be still alive and creative.

  • hairaul Aug 28, 2005


  • See More Comments (6)