Meet the inspiration behind ABC's 'Resurrection'

Watch the report from Action News' Shirleen Allicott (WPVI)
April 27, 2014 8:59:23 PM PDT
ABC's drama "Resurrection" is captivating audiences and Action News sat down with the author whose book inspired the hit series.

In the show, a boy who says he's 8-year-old Jacob Langston wakes up alone in a rice paddy in China with no idea how he got there and he's not the only one.

The show is based on the book "The Returned."

Author Jason Mott says the idea of the dead coming back to life came to him in a dream about his late mother.

"I came home from work and I found my mom sitting at the kitchen table waiting for me so we just sat down together and talked about all the things that have happened in the nine some years since she passed away. I woke up the next day really expecting to find her there, it was like that vivid of a dream," said Mott.

Mott's unique look on the mystery surrounding the dead returning and people's reactions to them caught the eye of television executives before it was even published.

"It was an amazing phenomenon," said Mott.

Mott says he's thrilled with seeing his characters evolve every week and how they come to terms with the unexplainable.

Although Mott says he has little access to the show's production, he has met the man playing Henry Langston.

"Kurtwood Smith is a phenomenal actor. I've had the pleasure of meeting him a couple times since the show's been airing, he's just a wonderful guy and I've been a fan of his work for a long time before the show even happened. They did great casting, I love all the casting choices - Omar Epps, Francis Fisher they are just all terrific casting choices," he said.

'Resurrection' airs Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on 6abc.

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