A&E orders “Psycho” prequel series “Bates Motel”

Ever wonder how Norman Bates’ mother ended up decaying in that rocking chair? Probably not, but thanks to A&E, the answer could soon be made clear.

The cable network has ordered a season of “Bates Motel,” which will tell the story of the eponymous character from Alfred Hithcock’s seminal thriller “Psycho.” Created by Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) and Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights”), the series will explore Norman’s relationship with his mother, Norma, shedding light on exactly what drove him to act in a way most unbecoming of a sane person. The network took the unusual step of bypassing a pilot, instead sending a season of the series forward sight unseen.

“We are proud to be partnering with Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin on their thrilling reinvention of one of the most compelling characters in cinematic history,” A&E president and GM Bob DeBitetto and A&E exec vp programming Dave McKillop said in a joint statement. “It’s a provocative project from two of the best storytellers in the business, and we’re looking forward to getting started.”

The 1960 film starred Anthony Perkins as Norman, a seemingly meek, pathetic motel manager who’s actually a psychotic murderer with multiple-personalities. Perkins slipped into his mother’s dress three more times over the years, but none had a sliver of the impact and respect garnered by the original. No word yet on casting.

The series will be produced by Mark Wolper and Roy Lee, and is expected to hit TV screens next year.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter