In his follow-up to Lost, Damon Lindelof has received a 10-episode series pickup by HBO for drama pilot The Leftovers, which was directed by Peter Berg. Co-written by Lindelof and Tom Perrotta based on Perrotta’s book and toplined by Justin Theroux, the project takes place after the Rapture happens, but not quite like it’s supposed to. It is the story of the people who didn’t make the cut — and a world that never will be the same. Warner Bros TV, where Lindelof and his Adventure Corps are under a rich overall deal, is producing in what marks the studio’s first series for HBO. The Leftovers, Lindelof’s first TV project after Lost, had a smooth sailing through development at HBO, where it was originally set up last summer, through pilot to a series order.
Like his fellow Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse, Lindelof picked cable for his next TV chapter after the Emmy-winning ABC drama. (Cuse is showrunner of A&E series Bates Motel and FX pilot The Strain.) Lindelof will serve as showrunner on The Leftovers, which he is executive producing with Perrotta, Berg, Sarah Aubrey, Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger. Berg and Aubrey’s Film 44 is co-producing. Co-starring alongside Theroux are Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, 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.