Although one of the show’s initial architects, J.J. Abrams had little to do with the vast majority of Lost past the first season — at least on a public level. But the show’s success (or lack thereof, depending on your view) doesn’t owe everything to executive producers and co-showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, either. An essential ingredient was executive producer and frequent director Jack Bender, who spearheaded a significant amount of the show’s most memorable episodes, including the controversial series finale.
As a fan of Bender’s work, I’m thrilled to hear that the director has signed onto a one-year first-look development deal with Bad Robot, Abrams’ production company responsible for Lost, Fringe and several feature films such as Cloverfield. Bender’s deal tasks the director with developing projects, helming a pilot for Warner Bros. Television next spring and possibly even a feature with Paramount Pictures, a close partner of Bad Robot’s.
The post-Lost life has been good to Bender, who recently signed on to direct the pilot for Syfy’s Alphas. With this latest Bad Robot deal, don’t be surprised if you’re reading his name in news reports a bit more frequently than you’re used to.
Source: Risky Business
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