Over the past several years, France has produced an enormous amount of TV content, seemingly hoping to spawn some sort of breakout international hit along the lines of Homeland or Breaking Bad. They have, for the most part been unsuccessful. Until they tried zombies. The Returned (Les Revenants) is, as
The Guardian explains, "a zombie-cum-slasher-cum-crime drama centred on a mute adoptee and a reanimated butterfly." But in case you're tempted to for some reason dismiss it on those grounds, the UK newspaper goes onto note that, "The Returned handles the madness in such an effortlessly controlled manner...that it is easily among the best that European drama has to offer."
Channel 4 has already hopped onboard and made the show available to UK viewers. Now, it's coming to the U.S. courtesy of Music Box. According to Deadline, the company is preparing"for a VOD/DVD release in January. Before that though, the series will air on The Sundance Channel, making its debut on Halloween.
In the meantime, take a look at the trailer.