From left: Damon Lindelof, Justin Theroux, and Tom Perrotta discuss HBO’s “Leftovers” in Pasadena, Calif.
From left: Damon Lindelof, Justin Theroux, and Tom Perrotta discuss HBO’s “Leftovers” in Pasadena, Calif.
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Belmont author Tom Perrotta has begun making the promotional rounds for “The Leftovers,” the upcoming HBO series based on his book of the same name. Perrotta, who’s executive producer, joined showrunner Damon Lindelof and star Justin Theroux at the Television Critics Association press tour. Perrotta acknowledged he’s been lucky with previous adaptations of his work, including the film versions of “Election” and “Little Children.” “I think what a writer really wants is someone really talented to adapt his work, not for somebody to bow down before the work and step back and be afraid,” he said. “But, I think, because my heart wasn’t broken that first time, I was able to love again.” (Cue the laugh track.) Perrotta said the series, which premieres next summer, hews closely to the plot of the book but with some added elements and perhaps a longer narrative arc. “I’m excited to find out what happens next,” he said. “You know, when I finish a book, I’m finished with the book, and what’s been really interesting about being in the writers’s room is having this opportunity, along with Damon and the other writers, to reimagine this, not only what comes next, but what’s in the book.” Lindelof, whose credits include “Lost,” had been a big fan of Perrotta’s work. When he read Stephen King’s review of “The Leftovers” in the New York Times Book Review, he said, “That was the moment that the stars aligned.”

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