A&E Hands Series Order To ‘The Returned’

It’s official: A&E is moving forward with an adaptation of French zombie drama Les Revenants. The basic cable network has handed a 10 episode straight-to-series order the US adaptation titled The Returned, which hails from Lost’s and Bates Motel executive producer Carlton Cuse.

The Returned focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them 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. Interpersonal relationships are examined with intrigue and depth as strange phenomena begin to occur. Casting for the series, which is expected to debut in 2015, is now underway.

The US adaptation, which was first put into development at A&E back in 2013, was written by Carlton Cuse, who will write the other nine episode with Raelle Tucker. The two will also executive produce alongside Thom Beers, Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk. A+E Studios will distribute the series in the US & Canada, while FremantleMedia International will retain distribution rights in all other territories.

“’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,” said David McKillop, General Manager and Executive Vice President of A&E Network. “We look forward to seeing their vision brought to life on screen.”

While Thom Beers, CEO of FremantleMedia North America, added: “‘Les Revenants’ has proven to be both a critical and commercial success worldwide and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with A&E on this adaptation.  Carlton and Raelle, the creative forces behind such fantastic television as ‘Lost’ and ‘True Blood,’ are the perfect combination to bring this complicated and provocative family drama to US audiences.”