Nicolas Jaar Scoring A&E’s The Returned

By Peter Helman / June 16, 2014 - 4:45 pm

Chilean-American producer (and one half of Darkside) Nicolas Jaar has signed on to compose the score for A&E’s upcoming drama series The Returned, an adaptation of the critically acclaimed French series of the same name (in English, anyway — the original French title is Les Revenants). According to a press release:

The Returned focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences. As families are reunited, the lives of those who were left behind are challenged on a physical and emotional level. Interpersonal relationships are examined with intrigue and depth as strange phenomena begin to occur.

The original French series (which is currently available for streaming on Netflix) was good stuff — contemplative, emotionally resonant, full of lovely imagery, and very, very French — and also featured a fantastic original soundtrack made up of equal parts dread and beauty courtesy of Scottish post-rock band Mogwai. Judging by the darkly atmospheric quality of Jaar’s work, he should be a good fit for the project as well.