HBO Orders Rapture Drama from 'Lost' Co-Creator
Monday, September 16, 2013
If you didn't get enough from Lost, prepare for The Leftovers. HBO has ordered a new drama co-created by Lost's Damon Lindelof about life after the Rapture.
drama, which received a 10-episode pick-up, focuses on life after the
Rapture, the Christian event in which the righteous ascend to Heaven to
meet the Lord, leaving those who are less-than-holy behind. The Leftovers will focus on those left behind (not to be confused with the series of Christian books with that title).
The Leftovers will star Justin Theroux, who is no stranger to HBO having appeared in Sex and the City, Six Feet Under and the miniseries John Adams. Other stars include Amy Brenneman (Private Practice), Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), Liv Tyler (The Lord of the Rings), Chris Zylka (The Secret Circle, Twisted), Max and Charlie Carver (Teen Wolf, Desperate Housewives), Brad Leland (Friday Night Lights), Michael Gaston (Jericho) and Emily Meade (Olivia's grown-up niece Ella in the season 3 finale of Fringe).
The series is co-written by Tom Perrotta, based on his book. He also wrote the books behind the films Election and Little Children. The pilot is directed by Peter Berg, who also directed the pilot of Friday Night Lights.
The Leftovers is Lindelof's first TV project since the end of Lost. His partner, Carlton Cuse, is currently working on A&E's Bates Motel and a new FX drama, The Strain. Following in the footsteps of Aaron Sorkin with The Newsroom, HBO seems to be the place to go for creators of Emmy-winning dramas.
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