The creator of “Friday Night Lights” is headed to HBO.
Peter Berg will direct and produce Damon Lindelof’s “The Leftovers,” a pilot for HBO based on Tom Perrotta’s best seller.
This is Berg’s second pilot this season, after NBC drama “Bloodline.” Sarah Aubrey, Berg’s Film 44 partner, will also exec produce.
Lindelof (who has a three- year deal with Warner Brosl) will pen the pilot with Perrotta. HBO and WBTV will produce.
Perrotta, Rob Yerxa and Albert Berger will exec produce. If the project makes it past development status, Lindelof will be the showrunner.
“Leftovers” centers on the Rapture and a band of humans left behind in Mapleton, a suburban community. The group must start rebuilding their lives after the swift and suspicious disappearance of over 100 people. “Leftovers” was published in May.
“The Leftovers” joins “Bloodline,” a pulp thriller Berg will direct and exec produce. It centers on a girl stuck between battling families of mercenaries and murderers.
Berg has also produced “Wonderland,” “Trauma” and “Prime Suspect.” He also wrote and directed the “Friday Night Lights” screenplay, and directed other films “The Rundown,” “Hancock” and “Battleship.”
Berg is represented by both WME and Hirsch Wallerstein.