A&E has picked up a ten episode order of Bates Motel, a new Psycho prequel series from writer/producer Carlton Cuse.According to Variety:
“Bates Motel examines the formative years of iconic “Psycho” character Norman Bates, and his twisted relationship with his mother. Series will offer insight into their backstory, including how Bates, played by Anthony Perkins in the classic Alfred Hitchcock horror film, became a serial killer.”
Throw Bates Motel into the same mix as Hannibal, Bryan Fuller’s new series which follows the early crimes (adventures?) of Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). Seems people want to know where monsters come from – like we discover that in reality. I blame Dexter.
Hitchcock’s classic thriller has been mined before – with two theatrical sequels being produced and an ill-advised remake from Gus Van Sant. Even the idea for Bates Motel isn’t original. There was a television movie in 1987 with the same title. That film was a failed pilot which followed the creepy shenanigans of a family which took over the titular hotel following young Master Bates’ arrest. Also, Psycho IV: The Beginning, a made for cable sequel/prequel seems to cover much of the same ground as this new series.
The currently in production Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho sees Anthony Hopkins play Hitchcock and Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh in a film which tells the story behind the making of the 1960 slasher.
Can’t say that this is going to offer anything new, but then again it could prove to have a certain creepy charm. While Cuse is most famous these days for Lost, many have forgotten he was the creative force behind Don Johnson’s ’90 series Nash Bridges.
In a joint statement A&E president Bob DeBitetto and exec VP of programming David McKillop said:
“It’s a provocative project from two of the best storytellers in the business and we’re looking forward to getting started.”
I’ll give it a try, but I’m not expecting much.