HBO Picks up Pilot for Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta’s Adaptation THE LEFTOVERS

     February 8, 2013

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Last June, Damon Lindelof talked about his TV adaptation Tom Perrotta‘s novel, The Leftovers.  The series would be Lindelof’s first since Lost, and takes place after the “Sudden Departure”, and is about the people who didn’t make the cut.  Unlike the Left Behind series, The Leftovers appears to focus more on the practical aspects of a Rapture-like event rather than using it as a gateway for a biblically-influence story.  According to Vulture, HBO has ordered a pilot for the series, which will take place three years after the departure.  We reported that Lindelof would serve as the showrunner, but since his screenwriter career for feature films seems to have blossomed, I’m not sure if he’ll return to TV on a permanent basis.  In any event, he’ll still serve as executive producer alongside Perrotta, Ron Yerxa, and Albert Berger.  If HBO orders a series, don’t expect to see it until 2014.

Hit the jump for a synopsis of Perrotta’s novel.

Here’s the synopsis for Tom Perrotta’s The Leftovers:

What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished?  Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down?

That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children.

Kevin Garvey, Mapleton’s new mayor, wants to speed up the healing process, to bring a sense of renewed hope and purpose to his traumatized community. Kevin’s own family has fallen apart in the wake of the disaster: his wife, Laurie, has left to join the Guilty Remnant, a homegrown cult whose members take a vow of silence; his son, Tom, is gone, too, dropping out of college to follow a sketchy prophet named Holy Wayne.  Only Kevin’s teenaged daughter, Jill, remains, and she’s definitely not the sweet “A” student she used to be.  Kevin wants to help her, but he’s distracted by his growing relationship with Nora Durst, a woman who lost her entire family on October 14th and is still reeling from the tragedy, even as she struggles to move beyond it and make a new start.

With heart, intelligence and a rare ability to illuminate the struggles inherent in ordinary lives, Tom Perrotta has written a startling, thought-provoking novel about love, connection and loss. [Amazon]

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  • elikias

    Hopefully the book isn’t open ended and mysterious, but it sounds like it is. Lindelof needs something to nail him down, so he doesn’t start BSing.

    • Doug

      The only real mystery in the book is what exactly happened to the people who disappeared. That is never answered as the book is really about carrying on after such a phenomenon. As long as Lindelof focuses on that and not the “Why did this happen?” the show could be good.

      • elikias

        Coming at it from the point of view of a sometimes fan/sometimes detractor of Lindelof’s, that does not bode well. Invariably people will be interested in the “why” and Lindelof will do a bad job of answering satisfactorily. Doing character work is right up his alley, but the innate mystery of the premise will be a horrible distraction given that it isn’t quantified in the source material.

  • Doug

    The book was interesting. Not fantastic, but not bad either. Some of the characters’ actions – especially Laurie – were a little weird, but it was a decent read. I’m curious to see this if it goes to series.

  • Eric

    Holy crap this is good news! I thought it fell in to development hell or something. I’ve really been looking forward to this. Hope they expand it beyond the main family though – there’s so much further to dig into from the book’s premise.

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  • The Exploiter

    Don’t people ever get tired of saying the same things over and over and over and over and over again? The internet has spoken about Damon Lindelof. Get over it.

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  • Ash Talon

    It sounds like a reverse of Lost.

    There doesn’t seem to be a lot of meat to the story for a continuing series. I imagine it’ll get mighty repetitive hearing characters ponder/complain about their loved ones disappearing.

  • cathy sullivan

    Damon Lindelof = Hack, prohomeatues was and is pure vomited shiiit! I want a real Alien 5, because there are only 4 Alien movies. Bring Sigourney Weaver back for Alien 5, and none of the this gay looking space jockeys and alien creation crap. The space jockeys seen in Alien were exoskeletons. So explain how the hell they have gay looking albino’s underneath and exoskeleton? Oh yeah you can’t because it ain’t a Alien movie. Alien 5 will never happen because of prohomomeaues gay shiit!

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