HBO will adapt The Leftovers, Tom Perrotta's upcoming novel, as a television series. The cable television channel has had incredible success with series that are based on bestselling novels such as the quietly popular television show No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, adapted from Alexander McCall Smith's book series by the same name, and the breakout hit of this past season, Game of Thrones, based on George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. However, to the best of our knowledge, The Leftovers is the first novel that HBO has ever decided to develop as a series before the book has even been published.
The Leftovers novel is slated to hit shelves at the end of the month. Perrotta's book will tell the tale of a group of people who are left behind after the Rapture. HBO has plans to turn this novel into an hour-long series with Perrotta both penning the pilot episode and coming on board as an executive producer alongside Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger.