Last January, A&E revealed its plans to revisit Alfred Hitchcock's classic film Psycho with a TV prequel called "Bates Motel." Now the network has finalized its reservations.
A&E has ordered "Bates Motel" straight-to-series, bypassing the pilot process. The first season of "Bates Motel" will have ten episodes and casting is expected to begin immediately. "Bates Motel" will reportedly follow the early days of Norman Bates and his domineering mother, a woman who ultimately drove him to become an insane serial killer. An early description of the project calls it "a cross between 'Twin Peaks' and 'Smallville.'"
Former "Lost" co-showrunner and executive producer Carlton Cuse will spearhead "Bates Motel" alongside Kerry Ehrin ("Friday Night Lights") for Universal Television. Anthony Cipriano wrote the pilot episode for the project.
"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. It's a provocative project from two of the best storytellers in the business and we’re looking forward to getting started," said A&E President Bob DeBitetto and Executive Vice President of Programming Dave McKillop in a joint statement.
Hitchcock's Psycho previously spawned three sequels with Anthony Perkins reprising his role as Norman Bates each time. Back in 1987, NBC attempted its own Psycho spinoff with a Bates Motel TV movie.
A&E's "Bates Motel" is expected to premiere in 2013.