Riding high on the success of "Bates Motel", A&E Network is looking to develop another original scripted series. The cable channel has snagged the rights to hit French series "The Returned" ("Les Revenants").
No writer is attached to the remake project yet, but "Bates Motel" co-showrunner Carlton Cuse is reportedly in discussions to adapt the drama. A&E Studios and FremantleMedia North America will team up to produce it.
The original French series was created by Fabrice Gobert based on the feature film "Les Revenants" directed by Robin Campillo. It is set on a small mountain town, where several local people who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, having not aged and unaware of their own fatality. As they attempt to resume their lives, strange phenomena and gruesome murders begin to occur.
" 'The Returned' takes an incredibly unique approach, filled with suspense and twists and turns, to the subject of the living dead," says David McKillop, General Manager and Executive Vice President of A&E Network. "Part mystery, part thriller; 'The Returned' is a perfect complement to A&E's unique brand of scripted storytelling."
The French series debuted last fall on Canal Plus and will return for a second season in 2014. Sundance Channel recently acquired the 8-episode first season to air over Halloween.