After more than a decade in broadcast TV, including a stint as co-creator/co-showrunner on Lost, Lindelof was itching to break into cable when he first committed to Warner Bros. TV with a 3-year overall deal in 2012. That led to Leftovers, which Lindelof co-created with Tom Perrotta based on Perrotta’s book though WBTV’s cable division Warner Horizon. Lindelof serves as showrunner on the post-Rapture series starring Justin Theroux, which is undergoing a creative makeover going into its second season.
Under the new pact, will Lindelof return to his broadcast roots with a new show, something the Warner Bros. TV executives led by Peter Roth would certainly love?
“Peter and the team at Warner Brothers have been amazingly supportive in letting me focus all of my creative energies into The Leftovers,” said Lindelof, who also focused solely on Lost during its entire six-season run, serving as co-showrunner from the first to the last episode. “I know many of my peers can spin multiple plates, but showrunning, at least for me, is all the plate I can handle.”
On the feature side, Lindelof co-wrote the upcoming sci-fi tentpole Tomorrowland, directed by Brad Bird and starring George Clooney. He is repped by CAA.