The LeftoversHBO has announced that they are taking the pilot based on Tom Perrotta’s best selling 2011 novel The Leftovers, (Macmillan/St. Martin’s), to a 10-episode series (no news yet on when it will begin).

The series is being produced by Lost‘s Damon Lindeloff, with Perrotta as the co-writer.

About the people in one small town who are left behind after a Rapture-like event takes some of their family members and neighbors, Perrotta’s novel was acquired by HBO before it was published. In an earlier interview about the project, Lindelof indicated that the series would go beyond the book, saying it “probably only has enough content for two or three episodes.

9781250034700 Playing the lead is Justin Theroux, as the town’s police chief. Amy Brenneman (Private Practice) plays his wife Laurie. Liv Tyler plays Meg, whose relationship with Laurie is pivotal to the book.

Perrotta’s latest book ,a collection of short stories, Nine Inches, (Macmillan/St. Martin’s; Macmillan Audio), was released last week.

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