Netflix Takes Global Rights for A&E's 'The Returned' Remake

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'The Returned'

The U.S. version of the French zombie series will launch in all Netflix territories outside the U.S. and Canada.

Netflix has picked up global rights outside of North America for The Returned, the zombie drama series from A&E adapted from French hit Les Revenants.

In a deal with FremantleMedia International, which is selling the A&E adaptation worldwide, Netflix will screen The Returned in all regions outside the U.S. and Canada, with episodes going out within 24 hours of their U.S. TV debut.

The deal kicks off with The Returned's pilot, which debuts on A&E on March 9 and on Netflix's international services on March 10. The series will also be available on Netflix in the U.S. and Canada starting next year.

Unlike Netflix's original series, such as House of Cards, episodes of The Returned will be dolled out weekly on Netflix, following A&E's schedule for the show.

The series is set in a small mountain town where people long thought dead suddenly return. Less a zombie horror series than a mystery drama, The Returned is based on French series Les Revenants, which was an international hit and aired on Sundance TV in the U.S.

The U.S. version is executive produced by Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel) and Raelle Tucker (True Blood) and stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Mark Pellegrino and Jeremy Sisto.

FremantleMedia North America is producing The Returned in association with Haut et Court TV, which produced the original French version for Canal Plus.

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