News is breaking today the white hot Prometheus screen writer Damon Lindelof has followed through on his plan to move back to television. The man who co-created Lost is getting back in the saddle via an HBO series called The Leftovers with a somewhat religion-inspired backdrop not unlike the ABC series’ finale episode. This one has to do with the rapture and more specifically those who did not make the cut.
Tom Perrotta’s book by the same name is the source material and the author will in fact be partnering up with Lindelof to build this series. Should the drama get picked up, Lindelof will have the honor of showrunner which means he will not have a whole lot of extra time on his hands to make Hollywood’s missteps tolerable. Of course, this is in reference to how he was brought into adjust Prometheus from its straight Alien prequel first draft and more recently his recruitment by Paramount to rewrite the third act in the already-shot World War Z.
While this is a bit disappointing to see that such a great writer will be leaving cinema behind for a while, it is also exciting that viewers will get a chance to witness another high caliber serialized effort with Lindelof involved. Do not expect Lost 2 though as Deadline specifically pointed that out when they broke this story that he had no interest in doing another series with “wackadoo mythology.”