My Favourite Scene: Co-Creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta on 'The Leftovers'


Nobody loves an awesome scene greater than the one that first dreamed it up — the author. We’re asking iconic exhibits’ creators and writers to inform ET all about attending to see their most cherished second on their collection make it from script to display screen.

For The Leftovers co-creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, it comes at two totally different factors within the collection: one which may be very a lot nonetheless on the earth of Perrotta’s novel, from which the HBO collection is customized, and one other in season two, when the present left the novel behind for brand spanking new territory (fairly figuratively and actually).

And whereas there have been many e book variations seen on TV just lately, not all as closely concerned the writer as The Leftovers did over the course of three seasons. However as Lindelof explains to ET, “it was extremely essential” that Perrotta be concerned within the course of. “Sadly, with Hollywood, if you’re doing variations, we fall in love with the novel that we learn and the very first thing we do is eliminate the one that wrote it,” the filmmaker says. “Why wouldn’t you wish to contain the one that got here up with this world and the continued improvement of it?”

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Luckily for Lindelof, Perrotta was recreation — not solely to adapt his novel, however to develop its world past his unique pages. “Tom took the bull by its horns and threw himself into the method,” Lindelof says of his involvement within the writers’ room. (Over the course of the collection, Perrotta co-wrote eight episodes, together with the collection finale co-written by him, Lindelof and Tom Spezialy, airing June four.) “He was integral in a part of the storytelling and I believe The Leftovers is significantly better due to his involvement.”

In fact, Lindelof is the primary to confess that there have been hurdles to beat, however like all profitable marriage, each had been got here to the method with quite a lot of love and respect and appreciation for one another. “We needed to discover the frequent,” Lindelof says. “The present was a collective mission — and higher for it.”

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Tom Perrotta, Co-Creator/Govt Producer/Creator
Holy Wayne Hugs Nora, Episode 6 (“Visitor”), Season 1

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