Damon Lindelof

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Damon Lindelof
Damon Lindelof by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Lindelof speaking at Wondercon 2012 in Anaheim, California, March 17
Born Damon Laurence Lindelof
(1973-04-24) April 24, 1973 (age 41)
Teaneck, New Jersey, US
Occupation Screenwriter, producer
Spouse(s) Heidi Mary Fugeman (m. 2005–present; 1 child)

Damon Laurence Lindelof (born April 24, 1973) is an American television writer, producer, and film screenwriter, most noted as the co-creator and showrunner of the television series Lost (2004–2010). He has written for and produced Crossing Jordan (2001–2004) and wrote for Nash Bridges (2000–2001). Lindelof also co-wrote Cowboys & Aliens (2011), Prometheus (2012), and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). As of December 2012, his next film in development is the science fiction film Tomorrowland (2015).[1] He also co-created the TV series The Leftovers for HBO, adapted from the novel by Tom Perrotta.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Lindelof was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, the son of Susan Klausner, a teacher, and David Lindelof, a bank manager.[3][4] He attended Teaneck High School, a school whose diverse student body he credits with expanding his horizons as a writer.[5] His mother is Jewish and his father was of Scandinavian descent.[6] Lindelof celebrated his bar mitzvah in Teaneck, where he attended synagogue for the Sabbath; he has stated, "I was a Jewish white kid growing up in Teaneck, but at the same time, I had African and Filipino and Asian friends and to have that experience all through high school while getting an awesome education was wonderful."[7] Lindelof attended film school at New York University, performing briefly in the band Petting Zoo, and moved to Los Angeles after graduating.

An early boost to his writing career came in 1999, when he was selected as a semifinalist for a Nicholl Fellowship for his screenplay Perfectionists.[8] Before this, he worked on reviewing scripts at Paramount, Fox, and Alan Ladd studios.

Lindelof is a self-professed Stephen King fan and has placed many references to King's work into Lost, as well as mentioning within the Official Lost Podcast that The Stand serves as a huge influence. Lindelof has been quoted as saying that the graphic novel Watchmen, written by Alan Moore, is the greatest piece of popular fiction ever produced, and its effect on Lost is evident many times in the show. He has also mentioned David Lynch's Twin Peaks as a big influence for Lost.[9] J.J. Abrams has often cited Patrick McGoohan's similarly allegorical sci-fi/spy series The Prisoner as another major influence on Lost. Lindelof lists his favorite six films, in no particular order, as Touch of Evil, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Pulp Fiction, The Shining, Bambi, and The Godfather Part II.[10] Lindelof is also a fan of shows such as The Wire, Breaking Bad and Battlestar Galactica.

Lindelof married Heidi Mary Fugeman in 2005; the couple have one child.

Lindelof has been the subject of controversy over his various tweets on his Twitter account for being outspoken on his reactions to various movies like The Dark Knight Rises[11] and defending the mixed to negative response to the ending of the show Lost. In light of this, Lindelof deleted his account on October 14, 2013.[12] In a crafty move Lindelof deleted his Twitter account on October 14, the same day as a massively important plotpoint on his new HBO show, The Leftovers. Lindelof stopped his final tweet in mid-sentence leaving his followers to wonder in regards to the significance. Lindelof's final tweet read, “After much thought and deliberation, I’ve decided t.” Lindelof later said that he felt as though his time on Twitter was consuming him in a negative fashion and that he has no intentions of returning to the site.[13]

Career[edit]

Lindelof is the writer of the comic book miniseries Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk for Marvel Comics, which takes place in the Ultimate Marvel universe and began publication in January 2006. Despite being a six-issue miniseries, production was suspended after the second issue in February 2006 due to Lindelof's heavy workload elsewhere; however, the last of the scripts were submitted to Marvel in 2008 and the series resumed publication in March 2009. Lindelof wrote a Rip Hunter story for Time Warp No. 1 (May 2013) which was drawn by Jeff Lemire and published by Vertigo.[14][15]

Lost[edit]

Main article: Lost (TV series)

He was an executive producer and joint showrunner (alongside Carlton Cuse) on Lost. Lindelof and the Lost writing staff won the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award for Best Dramatic Series at the February 2006 ceremony for their work on the first and second seasons.[16] He was nominated for the WGA Award for Best Dramatic Series a further three times. At the February 2007 ceremony for his work on the second and third seasons,[17] at the February 2009 ceremony for his work on the fourth season[18] and at the February 2010 ceremony for his work on the fifth season.[19] Lindelof and his co-writer Drew Goddard were also nominated for the WGA Award for Best Episodic Drama at the February 2008 ceremony for writing the episode "Flashes Before Your Eyes." [20]

Lost received endless praise for its unique brand of storytelling and strong characters. The first two seasons of the show were ratings juggernauts and the show never fell out of the top 30 throughout its six seasons on the air. Lindelof and co-show-runner Carlton Cuse have been heralded as two of the first to truly embrace the changing times with things such as their daily podcast and being active in the fan community. A majority of the six seasons were met with critical praise, however both Lindelof and Cuse were not afraid to address critiques on the show be it through the podcast or other forms of media. However, Lindelof said in late 2013 that he would no longer be addressing those displeased with the way the show ended stating, "And what do I do? I jump at the opportunity to acknowledge how many people were dissatisfied with how it ended. I try to be self-deprecating and witty when I do this, but that’s an elaborate (or obvious?) defense mechanism to let people know I’m fully aware of the elephant in the room and I’m perfectly fine with it sitting down on my face and shitting all over me... And here’s my part: I will finally stop talking about it. I’m not doing this because I feel entitled or above it — I’m doing it because I accept that I will not change hearts nor minds. I will not convince you they weren’t dead the whole time, nor resent you for believing they were despite my infinite declarations otherwise.” [21]

Other projects[edit]

Lindelof co-wrote Ridley Scott's Prometheus, released in June 2012.

He is also a producer in the show Once Upon a Time, which was created by former Lost writers. He served as co-producer on the 2009 film, Star Trek. Along with producing the sequel, he also co-wrote the screenplay with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. He also co-wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of the comic series Cowboys & Aliens with the duo, directed by Jon Favreau.

It was believed that after the conclusion of Lost, Lindelof and J. J. Abrams would write and produce a film adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower, but Lindelof squelched this notion in a late 2000s USA Today, commenting, "After working six years on 'Lost,' the last thing I want to do is spend the next seven years adapting one of my favorite books of all time. I'm such a massive Stephen King fan that I'm terrified of screwing it up. I'd do anything to see those movies written by someone else. My guess is they will get made because they're so incredible. But not by me."[22]

In December 2008, Lindelof was the featured guest on an episode of The Write Environment, a public television series featuring in-depth, candid one-on-one interviews with some of TV's most prolific and well-known series creator/writers. Other notable writers to appear on the series are Joss Whedon and Tim Kring. The interview is also available on DVD.

He is the showrunner for the TV series The Leftovers; HBO ordered a 10 episode first season and has renewed the program for a season 2.[23]

Lost episodes (as writer)[edit]

Production credits[edit]

Year Title Writer Producer
1999 Wasteland Yes No Episodes:
"Defining Moments"
"Death Becomes Her"
1999 Undressed Yes No N/A
2000–2001 Nash Bridges Yes No Episodes:
"Rock and a Hard Place"
"End Game"
"Bear Trap"
"Slam Dunk"
"Cat Fight"
2001–2004 Crossing Jordan Yes Yes 9 episodes as writer
22 episodes as Co-producer
13 episodes as Supervising Producer
2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender Yes No Episode: "The Drill" (uncredited)
2007–2008 Lost: Missing Pieces Yes Yes Episodes written:
"Arzt & Crafts"
"Jack, Meet Ethan. Ethan? Jack."
"The Envelope"
13 episodes as Executive Producer
2008 Lost: Via Domus Yes No Video game
2004–2010 Lost Yes Yes Co-creator and showrunner
45 episodes as writer
116 episodes as Executive Producer
2009 Star Trek No Yes
2010 Ollie Klublershturf vs. the Nazis Yes Yes Short film
Executive Producer
2011 Cowboys & Aliens Yes Yes
2012 Prometheus Yes Yes Executive Producer
2013 Open Heart No Yes Documentary
Executive Producer
2013 Star Trek Into Darkness Yes Yes
2013 World War Z Yes No
2014 The Leftovers Yes Yes
2014 Phineas and Ferb Yes No Episode:
"Lost in Danville" (story)[24]
2015 Tomorrowland Yes Yes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Damon Lindelof Reveals How He Enlisted Brad Bird to Direct 1952; Says Bird Is Co-Writing the Script and They Hope to Begin Production Mid-2013" Collider.com
  2. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 8, 2013). "Damon Lindelof's 'The Leftovers' Scores Pilot Order at HBO". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ "In Hackensack, Damon Lindelof's mother considers the 'Lost' finale : page all". NorthJersey.com. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ Bernardin, Marc (May 13, 2013). "Star Trek's' Damon Lindelof on Brad Pitt, Having Power as a Writer and His Agony Over 'Lost". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  5. ^ Rohan, Virginia. "North Jersey simply not 'Lost'". The Record, February 5, 2007. "Lindelof got into the production end of television while at Teaneck High School, where he worked on a start-up TV news program...." Quote: "What was cool about growing up in New Jersey, especially Bergen County, is it was very diverse. ... I literally went to high school with people of all different races and ethnicities and backgrounds. That broadened my horizons as a writer. It made me interested in other people's stories."
  6. ^ http://www.tvweek.com/news/2006/09/diversity_not_lost_on_hit_abc.php
  7. ^ Siegler, Bonnie. "'Lost' and found", American Jewish Life magazine, February / March 2008. Accessed August 31, 2011. "He and his family attended the local synagogue on weekends and a 13-year-old Damon had his bar mitzvah in Teaneck.... But he does say his childhood and Jewish background have added to who he is today. "The area was culturally diverse and that is one of the reasons I loved it. I didn't have the experience of some other people I've met who say they were 15 before they saw someone who wasn't white or that they hadn't met a Jewish person yet. The idea was that I was a Jewish white kid growing up in Teaneck, but at the same time, I had black and Filipino and Asian friends and to have that experience all through high school while getting an awesome education was wonderful....'"
  8. ^ "1999 Nicholl Semifinalists" Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (dead link as of at least April 5, 2010)
  9. ^ Faraci, Devin (December 2, 2008). THUD: Live blog of the Lost cyber roundtable. Chud.com.
  10. ^ "Top 6 Flix Featuring Damon Lindelof". YouTube. November 5, 2010. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  11. ^ Drew Magary. "Lost Co-Creator Damon Lindelof Declares 'Cynics Win' After Deleting Aurora Tribute Tweet". Gawker. 
  12. ^ "Damon Lindelof Quit Twitter! (Or DID He?) (Yes. Yes He Did.)". Grantland. 
  13. ^ http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/01/09/damon-lindelof-quitting-twitter/
  14. ^ "Vertigo Showcases Time Warp Anthology Art". Comic Book Resources. February 22, 2013. Archived from the original on July 13, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  15. ^ Khouri, Andy (April 2, 2013). "Vertigo's Time Warp Anthology Returns Rip Hunter and Trolls with Super-Science". ComicsAlliance. Archived from the original on July 13, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Awards Winners". Writers Guild of America. Retrieved October 17, 2007. 
  17. ^ "2007 Writers Guild Awards Television & Radio Nominees Announced". Writers Guild of America. Retrieved December 6, 2007. 
  18. ^ "2009 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". WGA. 2008. Retrieved December 12, 2008. 
  19. ^ "2010 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". WGA. 2009. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  20. ^ "2008 Writers Guild Awards Television & Radio Nominees Announced". Writers Guild of America. Retrieved December 13, 2007. 
  21. ^ http://screenrant.com/damon-lindelof-breaking-bad-lost-finale/
  22. ^ Davis, Erik. J.J. Abrams Not Adapting King's Dark Tower series. Cinematical.com, 2009-11-10
  23. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 16, 2013). "Damon Lindelof's 'The Leftovers' Gets Series Order at HBO". Deadline. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Dan Povenmire on Twitter: "@jasonbres @mmonogram @DamonLindeIof It's just a rumor...that happens to be true."". 

External links[edit]

Damon Lindelof interviews, March 28, July 17, and August 21, 2005, LostTV-Forum.com