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The Returned Set For US TV Remake
Bates Motel's Carlton Cuse is one of the writers

29 April 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Entertainment Weekly

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One of the best TV shows of last year was French import The Returned, which offered a spooky, emotional, and compelling twist on the idea of people coming back from the dead. Given its warm reception in the States on the Sundance Channel, you may not be surprised to learn that an American remake is even now in the works.

US cable outlet A&E, which already boasts a scare-focused show based on an existing property with Bates Motel, is preparing 10 episodes of the series. It has hired Bates showrunner Carlton Cuse to work on the new series alongside True Blood writer Raelle Tucker.

“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,” says an A&E spokesperson in a statement. “We look forward to seeing their vision brought to life on screen.”

For those who didn’t watch the original, The Returned, which is based on 2004 film Les Revenants, is set in a sleepy French mountain town whose inhabitants are shaken to the core when those thought lost start returning. Initially, they seem to be perfectly intact, unlike normal zombies, but soon dark secrets emerge as more and more of the returned show up. We’re currently awaiting the second series to see how events develop.

To add an extra wrinkle, US TV already has a series boasting a very similar concept. Resurrection features characters from a small community coming back after years dead, so it’ll be interesting to see how the new take on The Returned distances itself from that.

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Just checked Wikipedia
And they say Resurrection is based on a different source. In the episodes I've seen some of the plot twists are virtually identical to the French series, with only subtle differences in the relationships between characters to differentiate them. Very odd that there hasn't been a lawsuit yet. More

Posted by Garth_Marenghi at 04:02 on 02 May 2014 | Report This Post

Resurrection already remade it
Pretty sure it even mentions 'The Returned' in the credits. Must be some odd rights-based issues allowing for two remakes of the same thing at the same time... More

Posted by Garth_Marenghi at 03:59 on 02 May 2014 | Report This Post

isn't Resurrection the remake? More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 09:02 on 01 May 2014 | Report This Post

There is also the new show 'The Leftovers' which has a very similar feel to it More

Posted by MissingLink101 at 13:29 on 30 April 2014 | Report This Post

I hate to sound...
I hate to sound anti-America - I do think they make the best telly - but they are very poor at adapting foreign property. You only have to look at their adaption of 'The Killing'. Something texts cannot be adapted into an American model as it suits the sensibilities of the culture that created it - that's one of the reasons why Nordic and French dramas are so interesting. You get a real cultural understanding of their society. U.S. drama is great at dealing with their own problems or univers More

Posted by Silvio Mugabe at 08:44 on 30 April 2014 | Report This Post

Called it! More

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