I have to agree with smegger2000
on the origin of Resurrection
, this somewhat unoriginal series.
The French series, Les Revenants (The Returned)
, was inspired by the 2004 feature film Les Revenants
(English-language title They Came Back
). The second, 8-episode season of The Returned
is currently in production and is set to air late this year.
The French series The Returned (Les Revenants)
is getting an American remake (possibly for the 2014-2015 season) although it is still just in development, by the A&E Network
The ABC drama Resurrection
, was based on Jason Mott’s novel, also titled The Returned
...but not based on the French TV series.
"It is kind of confusing, we'll admit that," Resurrection executive producer Michele Fazekas tells TVGuide.com with a laugh. "But even though the premise is the same, I think we all have different takes on it and different stories."
However, the showrunners on Resurrection
claim they have not read the book it is said to based on, or watched the French TV series The Returned
Although the show is based on Mott's book, it won't hew too closely to it. Creator and executive producer Aaron Zelman used the novel solely as a jumping-off point to pen the pilot before Fazekas and co-executive producer Tara Butters joined as showrunners. The two opted not to read Mott's book or watch The Returned.
"I started reading it and then stopped," Butters says. "It's its own thing, just like The Returned. We didn't watch that. We didn't want to be influenced by it or the book.
In conclusion, there is nothing original on TV.