In what will be the first fully-subtitled drama to air on the UK’s Channel 4 in 20 years, the net has acquired premiere broadcast rights to French supernatural series Les Revenants. Zodiak is handling international sales on the thriller that was produced by Haut et Court for Canal Plus and originally aired to record numbers last fall. The show, re-titled Rebound in the UK, centers on a group of people in a small Alpine village who find themselves in a state of confusion, trying to return to their homes. What they don’t yet know is that they’ve been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. Fabrice Gobert created the show based on the 2004 feature Les Revenants by Robin Campillo. Anne Consigny, Clotilde Hesme, Celine Sallette, Frederic Pierrot, Samir Guesmi and Guillaume Gouix star.
The UK is no stranger to subtitled fare – BBC Four airs such imported shows as Sweden’s Wallander, Denmark’s Borgen and Italy’s Inspector Montalbano. But the Rebound deal marks the second time in recent months that there’s been cross-Channel collaboration on a series. Sky Atlantic and Canal Plus started shooting last month on The Tunnel, the 10-part bilingual English-French adaptation of Scandinavian cop series The Bridge.
Les Revenants is also getting an English-language adaptation via Shameless creator Paul Abbott and his AbbottVision. In January, they announced a forthcoming project for the international market with FremantleMedia handling sales. In its original form, Les Revenants has been sold by Zodiak in Sweden (SVT), Netherlands (Just Bridge), Israel (Hot), Turkey (Sinema TV), New Zealand (Rialto), Hong-Kong (Now TV) and Hungary (Viasat). Advanced negotiations are underway in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia, Italy and Latin America.