HBO has officially confirmed that they are teaming up with Warner Bros. Television to bring the novel, “The Leftovers” to television. The pilot episode was approved and picked up by the network to become a series. It comes from executive producers Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta, Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey, Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger. Peter Berg directed the pilot and HBO has made a commitment to produce a further nine episodes to make up the first season.
“The Leftovers” is based on the novel of the same name from Tom Perrotta which was published in 2011. The story follows the end of the world after the biblical rapture and chronicles the life of the people who are left behind. The pilot was co-written by Lindelof and Perrotta.
The series is set to star Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, 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.
There is no word on when the series will begin airing on HBO. Production on the first season will likely begin soon with it likely premiering in 2014. Whether the author will remain on the series as a writer has not been announced.