Thursday, September 29, 2005

Media spat brewing

Having slated Lost for its shaggy-dog style of storytelling only two posts down, I suddenly found NetNewsWire pointing me to this post by Javier Grillo-Marxuach, one of the producers of the show.

It seems that in an interview with Rolling Stone, David Fury, writer of Lost’s best episode yet, whipped out an axe or two and began grinding them in public. He essentially calls the creators of Lost liars, accusing them of stringing viewers along with half-baked storylines and hastily conceived episode ideas.

In an admirably even-handed post, Grillo-Marxuach refutes Fury’s claims and reveals the genesis of some of the show’s mysteries, the hidden pratfalls of serial story-telling and the intimacy of the writers’ room.

As much as I’d love to see a full-on, handbag swinging contretemps, how Javier has chosen to respond to Fury’s baiting is far more compelling, and instructive for anyone who one day dreams of developing their own shows.

UPDATE: here's a link to my follow-up post for Technorati visitors.

Category: Movies and TV

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