U.S. Version Of French Zombie Hit 'The Returned' In Development

An English language remake of the popular French supernatural drama, Les Revenants ('The Returned'), is reportedly in development, as the original prepares to premiere in the US on Halloween (31st Oct.) on the Sundance channel. The Canal+ drama aired earlier in the UK this year and a second season, currently in development, will air on Channel 4 next year.

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Anne Consigny Starred In The French Language 'Les Revenants.'

The US remake will apparently be aired on cable channel A&E, who adapted Hitchcock's Psycho movie into the recently aired Bates Motel. A&E's Executive Vice President David McKillop spoke of his channel's enthusiasm for airing the show: "The Returned takes an incredibly unique approach, filled with suspense and twists and turns, to the subject of the living dead," he said, via Digital Spy.

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"Part mystery, part thriller; The Returned is a perfect complement to A&E's unique brand of scripted storytelling," he added.

The series was originally devised by Fabrice Gobert and follows the inhabitants of a small mountain town who are surprised to learn that formerly dead people, who were once lying in graves, reappear apparently alive and normal. The villagers try to resume their lives but strange phenomena begin to occur, indicating that things are not as normal as they may seem.

The remake is yet to appoint a writer but rumors are suggesting that Bates Motel co-showrunner Carlton Cuse is in talks, according to Deadline.

"Having seen Fabrice Gobert's original version and the success the series has had in France, we're thrilled to be partnering with the team at A&E to bring this enigmatic thriller to US audiences," said Thom Beers, CEO at FreemantleMedia North America, the series' co-producers.

The news that the European series is being remade for American viewers follows many previous adaptations, including The Office, The Killing, The Bridge, and House of Cards. U.S. readers can look forward to Thursday night's premiere of Les Revenants on the Sundance channel continuing on Thursday nights at 9/8c.


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