Back in June it was revealed that Justin Theroux was set to star in a pilot for a potential new HBO series from LOST co-creator and showrunner Damon Lindelof titled The Leftovers.
Based on the book of the same name from author Tom Perrotta (who also writes the adaptation along with Lindelof), the story takes place in a world after the Rapture has occurred.
Now comes word that HBO has decided to give the show a chance, ordering a full 10-episode first season.
In case you missed it in the previous post, here’s a full description of the story from the book’s Amazon page:
What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down?
That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children.
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.
Theroux, who has starred in movies like American Psycho, Mulholland Drive, Six Feet Under, Your Highness, Wanderlust, and fittingly enough, as Jesus H. Christ in the 2007 comedy The Ten, will play Garvey in the series. In addition to acting he’s also a write, having previously penned the scripts for Tropic Thunder, Iron Man 2, and Rock of Ages. No word yet if he’ll write any episode of the show yet.
The pilot for The Leftovers was directed by Peter Berg. His previous credits include Very Bad Things, The Rundown, Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom, Hancock, and Battleship.
Now word yet on when the show might premiere.