A&E is looking to invest in the living-dead business. The cable network has decided to give a 10-episode straight-to-series order for 'The Returned' — a U.S. version of a popular French zombie drama of the same name (French: 'Les Revenants').
'Bates Motel' co-showrunner Carlton Cuse penned the first episode and will write/executive produce alongside 'True Blood's Raelle Tucker. Casting for the supernatural series will begin immediately and production will commence sometime this summer.
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Fabrice Gobert's French series 'The Returned' is based on the feature film 'Les Revenants' from director Robin Campillo and focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several locals, who have been long presumed dead, suddenly reappear. This leads to both positive and detrimental consequences.
As families are reunited, the lives of those who were left behind are challenged on a physical and emotional level as strange phenomena begin to occur.
“'The Returned' has the potential to be one of the most compelling drama series on cable, thanks to phenomenal scripts written by Carlton and Raelle,” A&E general manager David McKillop said in a statement. "We look forward to seeing their vision brought to life on screen."
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In light of this latest project, Cuse will now have three shows on the air, with 'The Returned' joining 'Bates Motel' on A&E, and 'The Strain' heading to FX this summer. And while there's no doubt that with the 'Lost' alum's backing, the show has some definite potential, fans may be a little reluctant (not to mention confused) about investing in yet another back-from-the-dead series.
'The Returned' came to the U.S. last year via Sundance Channel, which ordered a second season. So to create a U.S. adaptation seems a tad redundant. And then there's ABC’s similarly themed freshman drama 'Resurrection,' which is based on the unrelated novel 'The Returned.' See what we mean?
Different versions of 'The Returned' keep returning. Unfortunately, it's hard to say if the same will be said for its audiences.