Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof is one step closer to making a return to television with The Leftovers, an adaptation of Tom Perrotta's 2011 novel. According to Vulture, HBO has already ordered the project to pilot.
The book takes place in a world that has experienced a Rapture-like event called the Sudden Departure that led to the disappearance of people all over the world. The story focuses on the people of Mapleton, who are dealing with the loss of loved ones. Here's the official synopsis from Amazon:
Kevin Garvey, Mapleton’s new mayor, wants to speed up the healing process, to bring a sense of renewed hope and purpose to his traumatized community. Kevin’s own family has fallen apart in the wake of the disaster: his wife, Laurie, has left to join the Guilty Remnant, a homegrown cult whose members take a vow of silence; his son, Tom, is gone, too, dropping out of college to follow a sketchy prophet named Holy Wayne. Only Kevin’s teenaged daughter, Jill, remains, and she’s definitely not the sweet “A” student she used to be. Kevin wants to help her, but he’s distracted by his growing relationship with Nora Durst, a woman who lost her entire family on October 14th and is still reeling from the tragedy, even as she struggles to move beyond it and make a new start.
"The fact that there's this reaping which occurred, and you don't make the cut, some of us don't feel worthy, seemed very ripe territory for a cool character drama," Lindelof told Vulture.
He and Perrotta worked on the pilot together. Perrotta has written the books Election and Little Children as well, both of which have been turned into films with the latter co-written by the author. At this point, neither a production start date nor a director have been announced.