'The Leftovers': HBO Orders Series From Damon Lindelof Based On Tom Perrotta's Bestseller
HBO has ordered Damon Lindelof's adaptation of Tom Perrotta's "The Leftovers" to series. The project is set up at Warner Bros. Television, where Lindelof is under an overall deal, through his Adventure Corps production company.
The order is for a 10-episode freshman season, and will mark Lindelof's first TV project since the conclusion of ABC's "Lost." Lindelof will serve as showrunner, while Perrotta, Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey, Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger are also on board as executive producers. Lindelof and Perotta co-wrote the pilot script, and Berg is set to direct.
In "The Leftovers," the Rapture happens -- but not quite like it’s supposed to. It tells the story of the people who didn’t make the cut, and a world that will never be the same. The project stars Justin Theroux as Kevin, "the police chief who's trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy in a world that is beginning to reject that notion," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Liv Tyler also makes her TV debut as Meg, "a young woman about to be married who needs an escape. She becomes a target for recruitment by members of an enigmatic cult."
The rest of the cast includes Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Carrie Coon, Emily Meade, Amanda Warren, Ann Dowd, Michael Gaston, Max Carver, Charlie Carver, Annie Q, Paterson Joseph and Brad Leland.