French supernatural drama The Returned to be resurrected for a US audience

American network A&E are behind the adaptation of Les Revenants, which enjoyed huge success in both England and France earlier this year

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American broadcaster A&E has announced plans to remake spooky French drama The Returned (or Les Revenants) for a US audience. 

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The network is yet to appoint a writer to adapt the series, but Bates Motel co-showrunner Carlton Cuse is rumoured to be in discussions, according to Deadline.

The suspenseful drama – which aired in Britain on Channel 4 earlier this year – came to an open-ended conclusion and has already had a second series commissioned.

Originally created by Fabrice Gobert, Les Revenants was inspired by a 2004 feature film of the same name and follows the inhabitants of a small town in the French Alps whose world is turned upside down when deceased residents mysteriously return, looking no older and unaware that they have died. 

“The Returned takes an incredibly unique approach, filled with suspense and twists and turns, to the subject of the living dead,” said A&E’s executive vice president, David McKillop.

“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,” added Thom Beers, CEO at FreemantleMedia North America who are co-producing the series.


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