Mogwai: ‘We’d consider soundtracking a US ‘The Returned’ remake’

...but only if it's any good, says band's Stuart Braithwaite

Mogwai have said they would consider composing the soundtrack to a US remake of French TV hit The Returned – but only if it was going to be any good.

The Scottish post-rockers scored the original French series Les Revenants, which is currently being shown on Channel 4 under the title The Returned. A US version of the cult programme, which tells the tale of deceased citizens mysteriously returning to a French mountain community, has been mooted.

Speaking to NME, the band’s Stuart Braithwaite said: “We’d think about [scoring a US remake], but these things have a habit of not being so fantastic. We’re doing the second series [of Les Revenants] and are working on a new album, so that’s probably enough for now!”

The Returned is not the first soundtrack Mogwai have worked on – they also scored 2006 documentary Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait. The band will be performing their Zidane soundtrack live for the first time at the biennial Manchester International Festival, which is currently taking place in Manchester. The performances are at Manchester’s Albert Hall on July 19 and 20.

Read the full interview with Mogwai in the new issue of NME, available digitally and on newsstands today (July 17)

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