With fellow Lost collaborators J.J. Abrams (Odd Jobs, Alcatraz, M:I3) and Damon Lindelof (Cowboys & Aliens) having found work post-Island duty, it was only a matter of time before Lost co-showrunner Carton Cuse spilled plans about his next exciting project. In a simple tweet today Cuse pointed his followers to a Variety news article that details his upcoming ABC series Point of Honor. According to Variety, ABC is “eyeing it as a major event series”, so this is definitely something to get pumped about. Cuse has teamed up with Randall Wallace (Secretariat) to write and executive produce this Civil War-based drama. ”The two are keeping mum on details other than to say it will be a story focusing more on fictional characters than on historical figures,” says Variety. Cuse confirms it will be a serialized show with a clear-cut “beginning, middle and end.” Cuse describes it as “very different from anything on TV right now.” Both Cuse and Wallace share a deep interest in Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era; Cuse admits that he and Wallace “just clicked” during early meetings about conceptualizing the show. Time will tell if this new partnership can live up to the Cuse/Lindelof success story that came out of Lost. With Cuse’s knack for smart, engaging storytelling and Wallace’s past experience working on Braveheart (there he proved he could use “historical events and connect them to fictional characters”, Cuse points out), I have little doubt Point of Honor will impress when it airs at an undisclosed time on ABC. Cuse and Wallace are currently writing the script.
While we’re here talking about Carlton Cuse, do yourself a nice favor and read this fantastic interview that takes you on a journey through his interesting and fascinating career thus far. It’s a great read!