After bouncing around the studio realm writing blockbuster fare like “Prometheus,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “World War Z,” “Lost” co-creator and showrunner Damon Lindelof is headed back to the small screen, this time on HBO.
The Hollywood Reporter confirms that “The Leftovers,” Lindelof’s adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s novel of the same name, has gotten a 10-episode series order from the premium network. Like the book, the series will take place in a world in chaos after a sizable portion of the population suddenly vanishes.
Lindelof will serve as showrunner of “The Leftovers,” which stars Justin Theroux as Kevin Garvey, the chief of police of the town of Mapleton and a father of two, who’s trying keep his life and family after they apparently fail to make the cut for the Rapture. Peter Berg directed the pilot, which Lindelof cowrote with Perrotta (the author also responsible for novels on which “Election” and “Little Children” are based).
Liv Tyler co-stars in her first TV role as Meg, a young woman targeted for recruitment by members of a mysterious cult.
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 also star. Lindelof, Perrotta, Berg, Sarah Aubrey, Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa are executive producers.