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HBO orders up 'Leftovers'

'Lost' producer Damon Lindelof's take on Tom Perrotta's novel gets green light

By Sona Charaipotra Feb 8, 2013 3:24PM
Photo courtesy St. Martin's Press
The next big HBO hit in the making?

According to, it's very likely be former "Lost" producer Damon Lindelof's take on the 2011 Tom Perrotta bestseller "The Leftovers," which just got a pilot order at the cable network this week. In development since last summer, the project was co-written by Lindelof and the author, with Lindelof on board as showrunner. The project is the first to go under Lindelof's three-year deal with Warner Brothers TV arm. 

The novel centers on the aftermath of The Rapture -- but for those left behind, rather than the saved. 

"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 said of the concept when the project first landed last year. "When I got the book, I fell deeply and passionately in love with it. I think even from the moment I read the logline for the book, it was something I wanted to be vicariously a part of as opposed to just enjoying it as a consumer." 

So what can we expect? "The pilot will introduce characters and storylines not in the book," Lindelof said. "It has to. The book is so rich in characters and details and open so many creative doors. But it probably only has enough content for two or three episodes."

Perrotta is well known for having his bestsellers adapted. Previously, his books "Little Children" and "Election" have both gotten the on-screen treatment. 
uh wow, Astrochronic you sure are a great semi-Christian and definitely a Scrooge McDuck.
Feb 9, 2013 1:06PM

this is just going to be a liberal rip off of Left Behind.  Probably full of semi-hidden atheist and leftist propaganda, like Miracle on 34th Street.

Feb 9, 2013 11:44AM
Sounds to me like the idea will be pumped up to a series which might be really entertaining.  I already see William H. Macy, Alex Baldwin, Earl W. Brown (Deadwood, remember?).  The possibilities are endless as far as casting goes.  Something to have fun with on a cold February day.     
Feb 9, 2013 10:31AM
Poorly written article, no detail about the storyline without going to a link.  Not to the end of the article do we find out that the storyline will be altered.  How do these people get a writing job?
Feb 9, 2013 10:29AM
If there is only enough content for 2 or 3 episodes why don't they just make a miniseries based on the book?

Feb 9, 2013 9:10AM
If he series is no better then the book it will be a short run.  It was one of those stories that when it was done all I could say is I want my time and my money back.
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