Ready to Check Into 'Bates Motel'?


We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven't you? The story behind Alfred Hitchcock's horror classic Psycho is turning into a TV series on A&E courtesy of some of the driving forces behind Lost and Friday Night Lights

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Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights and Parenthood) will serve as as executive producers on Bates Motel, which is being described as a cross between Twin Peaks and Smallville. Inspired by Hitchcock's genre-defining 1960 film, A&E says that the show will be "a contemporary exploration of the formative years of Norman Bates, [his] relationship with his mother, Norma, and the world they inhabit. Viewers will have access to the dark, twisted backstory and learn first-hand how Norma helped forge the most famous serial killer of them all."

A&E is very confident in Bates Motel, bypassing a pilot and moving straight to series with a 10-episode order; pre-production and casting will begin immediately on the show, which will premiere in 2013.

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The project announcement comes after the recent production wrap of the big-screen movie Hitchcock, which tracks the legendary director's trials and tribulations in getting Psycho made.