Damon Lindelof’s first series project since Lost, drama The Leftovers based on Tom Perrotta’s 2011 book, has received a pilot order at HBO where it had been in development since last summer. The project, which the two co-wrote together, marked the first foray into cable for the Lost executive producer/co-showrunner and the first project under the rich three-year overall deal he signed with Warner Bros. TV last spring. The Leftovers, produced by WBTV, 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 will never be the same. Lindelof and Perrotta executive produce with Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger. Lindelof serves as the showrunner.
HBO acquired rights to The Leftovers for series development with Perrotta attached as writer/executive producer and Yerza and Berger as executive producers in August 2011, shortly before the book came out. Lindelof read the novel that fall and immediately fell in love with it. He tracked the rights down to HBO. Once Lindelof’s deal at ABC Studios expired, he met with Perrotta. The two hit it off and began discussing what a potential Leftovers series would look like.