It's time to dig up our "mother" wigs, sharpen our kitchen knives, and put Bernard Hermann music on a loop, because A&E has just gone a little mad. The cable network has just ordered a new series based on the classic 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho, which was in turn based on a popular novel by author Robert Bloch.
The new series will be called Bates Motel, and seeks to both retell and update the origins of Norman Bates, one of cinema's most famous serial killers. Set in the present day, the plot will focus on Norman's formative years at the titular tourist trap, as well as his "complicated" relationship with his mentally ill mother Norma. Those of you who have seen the surprisingly well done TV movie Psycho IV: The Beginning, will already have an idea of the sexually perverse goings on in the Bates household, and of the rather bizarre punishments Norma would inflict when Norman would get too "friendly."
It remains to be seen how closely this new project will adhere to the established backstory of Norman. Details about Norman's life were revealed at different points during all four Psycho films, and it will be interesting to see how much of the sequels' canon that executive producers Lost's Carlton Cuse, and Friday Night Lights' Kerry Ehrin choose to acknowledge. I enjoyed the sequels, and would prefer they be kept canon, but I realize that others despise them. We'll all just have to wait and see what Cuse and Ehrin decide.
A&E made this brief statement on the pick-up - "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." Bates Motel has skipped the "pilot" step, and has been ordered straight to series. The ten episode first season will premiere in 2013.
Do you look forward to entering Bates Motel? Or do we know enough about Norman's life as it is?