If there’s one thing Adam Horowitz and Edward (Eddy) Kitsis are masters at, it’s writing an intriguing television series.
For six years, the duo worked under Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse on LOST, a show that has gone down in history as one of television’s biggest pop culture hits. Now, they’re in the ones in the driver’s seat helming their own fantasy creation: a new ABC drama called Once Upon A Time. Set in the fictional town of Storybrooke, Maine, Once Upon A Time revolves around fairytale characters may or may not be real and living among the modern world. But unlike the stories we grew up with, there are no happy endings in this universe, which will soon find itself in a battle between two worlds in the hopes that good will win out.
At San Diego Comic Con, I had the opportunity to speak to the show runners about their new project and it’s clear that Kitsis and Horowitz have a genuine and intense passion for the work they do and the stories they want to tell. They spoke enthusiastically about their reasons for choosing to feature the characters they did, and excitedly shared their happiness about the casting process, which turned out to fall into place in a way that almost felt like fate.
“The greatest thing so far is that we’ve been able to get all of our number one choices,” said Kitsis. “The one thing you learn is that it’s a collaboration. It may come from our minds, but everyone has to work together to bring it together. The cast is so strong, and the writers…everyone kind of works together to make this thing.”
“There’s a part of me that feels like we just pulled off the greatest con in the world,” said Kitsis when asked how it feels to have his own show. Added Horowitz, “the thing for me and Eddy is that we approach everything as fans and it’s that thing of, what would we want to see? So when we actually get to do something, it’s still mind boggling to us.”
Both also noted that being involved with Lost was one of the best learning experiences they could have asked for. “8 years ago, when we pitched this to networks, they passed,” Kitsis revealed. “I think, in a lot of ways, though, being on Lost helped us to learn how to tell a story better.”
Once Upon A Time premieres on October 23rd and will air Sunday nights at 8:00pm. Click below for the full video from my interview with Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis, including how they feel about being at Comic Con…and why avid LOST fans who are tuning in should keep their eyes peeled for some familiar signs.