Wednesday, 30 April 2014

A&E remaking French supernatural drama THE RETURNED

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

French supernatural drama The Returned (Les Revenants) is to be remade in the US, adapted for the A&E network by Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Raelle Tucker (True Blood).

The show will again tell the story of a small-town experiencing the return of several townsfolk, thought to have died many years before.

David McKillop, General Manager & EVP of A&E:
"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. We look forward to seeing their vision brought to life on screen."
Are you excited for this? The concept feels overplayed to me. The subtitled French drama already aired in the UK and US, and ABC have a current show with a  similar premise called Resurrection. On top of that, the Babylon Fields pilot has been revived for NBC (which originally pre-dated Les Revenants, but may have also been inspired by the same source material—2004 French movie They Came Back). In addition, the BBC have a similar show called In the Flesh (back for series 2 this Sunday), and there are apparently still plans for a UK remake of Les Revanants, too!

I know people complain about there being too many vampire dramas, but at least those tend to have different concepts and set-ups. It feels like there's officially too many "people come back from the dead and society adjusts to their extraordinary return" shows, don't you agree?