This story first appeared in the May 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.The first thing you see when you walk into Damon Lindelof’s office suite on the Disney lot is a rusty, orangey hunk of metal laying on the floor, as if a junkyard forgot to eat half of an old VW Beetle. It seems like an odd bit of refuse to find in the workplace of a man who perhaps is the most omnipresent screenwriter in Hollywood — his movies have grossed nearly a billion dollars, and he’s got a shiny Emmy Award on the shelf. PHOTOS: Inside Damon Lindelof’s $400 Million Mind And then it clicks: It’s the Hatch, the one that was buried on the island in Lost. The item that defined, for better and — if you’re one of the ABC show’s detractors — for worse, the 21st century’s first television phenomenon, a TV series that inspired more passion and rage, theories and bloggery, tweets and tattoos than any other show before it.Move a little farther into Lindelof’s tastefully appointed space, and you’ll find the office of a nerd of means. Three massive framed Star Wars posters — gifts from Lindelof’s friend and collaborator J.J…. Read full this story
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