HBO orders pilot for Damon Lindelof’s ‘The Leftovers’

By Daniel S Levine,

Prometheus writer Damon Lindelof is returning to television with The Leftovers, his first TV project since the hit series Lost. HBO gave the project a pilot order on Friday.

According to Vulture, the series is based on Tom Perrotta’s 2011 novel of the same title. The story focuses on a post-apocalyptic world and the survivors of a Rapture-style event.

“The fact that there's this reaping which occurred, and you don't make the cut, some of us don't feel worthy, seemed very ripe territory for a cool character drama,” Lindelof told Vulture about the project last year.

According to Deadline, the series had been in the works since the summer. HBO acquired rights to the book in August 2011, following its publication. Lindelof and Perrotta co-wrote the pilot and will executive produce with Ron Yerza and Albert Berger. Lindelof will act as showrunner.

The Leftovers will be produced by Warner Bros TV under the three-year overall deal Lindelof signed with the studio last year.

Lindelof wrote Ridley Scott’s Prometheus last year and is currently working on Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland. He also co-wrote Star Trek Into Darkness.

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