Damon Lindelof brings Tom Perrotta's 'Leftovers' to HBO

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damon-lindelof-leftovers.jpg Damon Lindelof is taking on his first TV project since the end of "Lost," and like that show the new one deals with people affected by a strange event.

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a life as possible, but his wife has joined a cult, his son is following a "prophet"/con man and his daughter has withdrawn.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.
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