[TV] Music Box Films Gets Rights To TV Series The Returned Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.09.2013
Coming Soon reports that Music Box Films has acquired the US rights to the eight-part French mini-series The Returned (Rebound) from Zodiak Rights. It was created by Fabrice Fobert and produced by Caroline Benjo, Jimmy Desmarais and Carole Scotta of Haut et Court. It is based on the feature film Les Revenants by Robin Campillo. The series as a hit for France's Canal+ and its UK Channel 4 debut earned 1.5 million viewers. The series will premiere on a major US TV channel in October, before getting a VOD release on January 1, 2014 and a DVD/Blu-ray release on January 21.
Here's a synopsis: In an idyllic French mountain town, a seemingly random collection of people find themselves in a state of confusion as they attempt to return to their homes. What they do not yet know is that they have been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. As they struggle to reintegrate with their families and past lovers, buried secrets emerge and new mysteries develop as they grapple with a miraculous and sinister new reality. But it seems they are not the only ones to have returned from the dead. Their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders which bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past.
President of Music Box Films William Schopf negotiated the deal with Zodiak's Glen Hansen. Music Box Films and Zodiak previously collaborated on the film adaptations of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy (starting with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and the Swedish series Henning Mankell's Wallander.
Schopf said: "'The Returned' epitomizes the very best of the crop of outstanding international television productions finding its way onto US screens. We couldn't be more excited about working with Zodiak and Haut et Court to introduce this extraordinary series to American audiences."
Glen Hansen, SVP of Sales, Acquisitions and Co-Productions For Zodiak Rights North America, added: "We are delighted to once again be partnering with Music Box Films to give this fantastic and internationally-acclaimed French series the attention it deserves, and we look forward to working closely with them in coordinating the release strategy of 'The Returned' across all media platforms in the US."
Haut et Court's Caroline Benjo said: "It is an incredible honor to have our series reach American audiences. American TV and cinema have always been for us the ultimate landmark of the zombie genre, and our idea with 'The Returned,' was to play with the genre and be an homage to it at the same time."