AceShowbiz - Netflix will restore missing footage from "Lost" finale. The decision came after co-creator Damon Lindelof publicly backed fan outcry over a heavily edited version being streamed by the network. The network promises to restore 18 edited minutes which was missing from the original ABC broadcast back in 2010.
Netflix issued a statement on Twitter on Thursday, January 7 after Entertainment Weekly reported the missing footage. "We are in the middle of correcting now, and will have the uncut version back streaming as soon as possible," Netflix wrote.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Damon said, "I am totally befuddled by all this. Love it or hate it, the finale that aired is the definitive finale and to alter it in any way defies explanation. Something tells me that this isn't Netflix's fault ... that it's an honest mistake and something got miscommunicated - I seem to remember ABC had to make an edit for rerun airings that tightened the show into 'format' (42 minutes to accommodate commercials), and somehow that [version] mistakenly got sent to Netflix."
"This sometimes happened with our finales - we'd ask for extra time and ABC would agree to air, but then we had to do another tighter version for subsequent airings and/or international [markets]," he continued, "We usually left these (painful) cuts to the discretion of our editors… but as the show lives on in DVD form and on Netflix, there is ZERO reason to have the shorter version out there."
Damon said he had "no intention of 'changing' nor Special Editioning the finale ... we continue to stand by it, but this is a fix that needs to happen, so at least people can love or hate it in its entirety. Also, Deckard is a replicant."
Following Netflix's decision to restore the series finale, Damon told EW, "If governments moved with the same determined alacrity that Netflix just did, there would be worldwide harmony. This is awesome. Netflix is awesome. Ken Kratz is not awesome."