A&E Network have begun development of a U.S. series adaptation of the popular French zombie series “The Returned”.
Fabrice Gobert (“Lights Out”) created the series which is set in a mysterious mountain town and follows a seemingly random collection of people who attempt to regain their homes and lives without realizing that they’ve been dead for years.
Their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders which bear resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past. The eight episode series was inspired by the 2004 film “They Came Back”.
A+E Studios and FremantleMedia North America will produce the American version. No writer is yet in place, though there’s word that “Bates Motel” showrunner Carlton Cuse is near a deal to serve in a similar capacity on this.
This is not to be confused with a British adaptation in the works from “Shameless” and “State of Play” creator Paul Abbott.
The move follows a growing trend in U.S. cable dramas to buy successful European show formats and adapt them for their local market, such as was done with AMC’s “The Killing” and FX’s “The Bridge”.