With the popularity of The Walking Dead, and critical acclaim of other zombie series’ like In The Flesh and The Returned, ABC will throw its hat into the ring this Spring with Resurrection. The upcoming program is based on a novel by author Jason Mott, and will be produced in association with Plan B Entertainment who released the hugely successful film “adaptation” of World War Z earlier this year.
Directed by Emmy award-winner Charles McDougall, the new series is set to premiere on Sunday, March 9th, and will investigate the mystery behind the resurrection of long-dead relatives who have recently returned to life.
The people of Arcadia, Missouri are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to return. An 8-year-old American boy (Landon Gimenez) wakes up alone in a rice paddy in a rural Chinese province with no idea how he got there. Details start to emerge when the boy, who calls himself Jacob, recalls that his hometown is Arcadia, and an Immigration agent, J. Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps), takes him there. The home he claims as his own is occupied by an elderly couple, Henry (Kurtwood Smith) and Lucille Langston (Frances Fisher), who lost their son, Jacob, more than 30 years ago. While they look different, young Jacob recognizes them as his parents. Those closest to the family try to unravel this impossible mystery, including Sheriff Fred Langston (Matt Craven), whose wife, Barbara, drowned 30 years ago while trying to save Jacob. But this boy who claims to be the deceased Jacob knows secrets about his own death that no one else knows — secrets that Fred’s daughter, Maggie Langston (Devin Kelly), will begin to investigate and discover to be true.
At one time, the production itself was known as Forever, and has actually been at the center of controversy amid allegations of plagiarism regarding Tim Seely’s popular comic book Revival and the recent French television series The Returned.
However, ABC has just released a brand new television spot promoting the upcoming series’ premiere, which we have embedded for you below. So take a quick look, compare and critique… and then let us know what you think!