Lindelof has a pilot deal with HBO to adapt Tom Perrotta‘s novel “The Leftovers,” about how a family deals with the aftermath of being left on Earth when others are taken up in the Rapture. Perrotta (“Election,” “Little Children”) is co-writing the script.
“The Leftovers” centers on Kevin Garvey and his family, who have wildly different reactions to the Rapture. He wants to continue living as normal a life as possible, but his wife has joined a cult, his son is following a “prophet”/con man and his daughter has withdrawn. Other characters struggle with the notion that this rapture didn’t go according to their interpretation of the Bible — not everyone who disappeared was a Christian, or even necessarily a good person.
The project will be Lindelof’s first TV script since “Lost” ended in 2010. In the past couple years he’s been concentrating on movies, writing or co-writing the screenplays for “Cowboys and Aliens,” “Prometheus” and “Star Trek Into Darkness.” He’s also co-writing and producing the super-secret “Tomorrowland,” which is due in 2014.