Damon Lindelof launches his first TV show since Lost

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Feb 8, 2013, 2:08 PM EST

Ever since Lost ended its run back in May 2010, fans have been wondering if co-creator Damon Lindelof would come up with something new for TV.

Lindelof is busy these days with a healthy screenwriting career (Prometheus, Star Trek Into Darkness, Tomorrowland), but somehow he's found time to develop a new TV series that HBO has just decided to produce a pilot for.

According to Vulture, the proposed series is called The Leftovers, and it's based on a 2011 novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta (Little Children). The novel takes place three years after a Rapture-like event called the Sudden Departure, in which vast numbers of people simply disappeared from the face of the Earth one day. The book follows those who were left behind as they struggle to make sense of and get on with the rest of their lives.

It seems as though the show will not get into the religious aspects of such an event as much as the implications of what happens afterward. Lindelof told Vulture:

"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 and Perrotta pitched the series to HBO just six months ago, and the notoriously slow network must like the idea if it's already moving ahead with a pilot. There's no word on when that will shoot or when a potential series would debut, but pencil it in for 2014 at the earliest -- hopefully nothing like the Sudden Departure will happen before then.

Are you interested in seeing a new TV series from Lindelof? What do you think of the subject matter?

(via Collider)