The Returned (Les Revenants)

Walking Dead getting competition in living dead TV

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Jan 25, 2016, 4:21 PM EST (Updated)

Another cable network is launching a new series about the dead returning to life, but it may be quite different from The Walking Dead's approach.

According to The Wrap, the show is called The Returned and is being developed by the A&E network. It's based on a French series called Les Revenants, which itself is based on a 2004 movie called They Came Back (also called Les Revenants in France).

If the A&E series stays faithful to the French one, the story will take place in a small town where the dead begin coming back to life -- and try to resume their normal lives. At the same time, power outages, strange marks on both the living and dead and other bizarre phenomena start to affect the village.

It doesn't sound like there will be any flesh-eating or civilization-ending plagues in this scenario, unless A&E decides it needs those elements to compete head on with AMC's massive The Walking Dead.

A&E general manager David McKillop said, "The Returned takes an incredibly unique approach, filled with suspense and twists and turns, to the subject of the living dead. Part mystery, part thriller, The Returned is a perfect complement to A&E’s unique brand of scripted storytelling."

There's no word yet on when the series will premiere. The French show's first season ran in November and December 2012, with season 2 slated to air sometime next year.

Are you ready for a take on the dead returning to life that's different from The Walking Dead