By Tim Kenneally
A&E is taking on the French zombie series “The Returned” with its own adaptation, A&E said Friday.
The adaptation will be a co-production of A&E Studios and FremantleMedia North America.
David McKillop, general manager and executive vice president of A&E, said the adaptation will serve as a “perfect complement” to the netork’s other scripted offerings, which includes the Norman Bates revamp “Bates Motel.”
“’The Returned’ takes an incredibly unique approach, filled with suspense and twists and turns, to the subject of the living dead,” said McKillop. “Part mystery, part thriller; ‘The Returned’ is a perfect complement to A&E’s unique brand of scripted storytelling.”
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Inspired by the feature film “Les Revenants,” the series focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when 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 French series was adapted by Fabrice Gobert.