A&E: ‘Psycho’ Prequel/Reboot ‘Bates Motel’ Premiere Date Announced

Bates Motel

Via Press Release:

A&E Network to Premiere “Bates Motel” on Monday, March 18th at 10PM ET/PT

A&E NETWORK TO PREMIERE NEW ORIGINAL SCRIPTED DRAMA SERIES “BATES MOTEL” ON MONDAY, MARCH 18 AT 10PM ET/PT

SERIES TO STAR VERA FARMIGA, FREDDIE HIGHMORE, MAX THIERIOT, OLIVIA COOKE AND NICOLA PELTZ

Pasadena, CA – January 4, 2013 – A&E Network will premiere the new original scripted drama series “Bates Motel” from executive producers Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) and Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights”) on Monday, March 18 at 10 PM ET/PT, it was announced today by Bob DeBitetto, President and GM of A&E Network and Bio Channel. “Bates Motel” is a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film “Psycho,” and promises to give viewers an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates’ psyche unravels through his teenage years. Fans will have access to the dark, twisted backstory of Norman Bates and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma, truly is. The series stars Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Departed”), Freddie Highmore (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Finding Neverland”), Max Thieriot (“Disconnect”), Olivia Cooke (“Blackout”) and Nicola Peltz (“The Last Airbender”). Season one also co-stars Nestor Carbonell (“Lost,” “The Dark Knight Rises”) and Mike Vogel (“Pan Am”).

“Carlton and Kerry crafted a fascinating backstory for Norman and Norma Bates that has been brought to life by this incredible cast,” said DeBitetto. “It’s thought provoking television at its finest and we’re thrilled to bring it to the A&E family.”

In “Bates Motel,” following the tragic death of her husband, Norma Bates buys a motel on the outskirts of the idyllic coastal town of White Pine Bay, seeking a fresh start. As Norma and Norman get ensconced in their new home, they discover this town isn’t quite what it seems, and the locals aren’t so quick to let them in on their secrets. But the Bates’ are done being pushed around and will do whatever it takes to survive – and will do whatever it takes to protect their own secrets.

“Bates Motel” is produced by Universal Television for A&E Network. Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin serve as executive producers for Carlton Cuse Productions.

Visit the official Bates Motel site for trailers, photos, character info, and more.

Vera Famiga To Star In ‘Psycho’ Prequel Series on A&E

This news a tad bit on the stale side but if you haven’t already heard, A&E has picked up Bates Motel, a contemporary Psycho prequel focusing on the formative years of Norman Bates and his twisted relationship with his mother.  What’s particularly interesting to note is that this series was originally picked up to be a mini-series with the possibility of backdoor piloting into a full series but instead when former Lost showrunner Cartlon Cuse and Kerry Ehrin (Parenthood) came on board as writers/executive producers, they reworked it as a full series and wrote several scripts, prompting A&E to forgo the pilot process completely and go straight to series with this incredibly ambitious project.

For our money, this seems like a very interesting premise and very risky, as well.  Taking on Hitchcock is something that no one has ever successfully done (even when he was copied shot-for-shot, it was a failure), however Cuse certainly has the ability to make it happen as much as anyone else could.

The most recent news is that Oscar-nominated Vera Famiga (Up in the AirThe Departed) has been cast to play the iconic role of Norman’s mother, Norma.  That kind of casting says a lot about the quality of this project, being able to snag an A-lister like that.  Bates Motel is set to premiere in 2013.

Via Press Release:

A&E NETWORK ORDERS “BATES MOTEL” TO SERIES

NETWORK BYPASSES PILOT PROCESS TO ORDER 10 EPISODES

PRESENT DAY SERIES INSPIRED BY HITCHCOCK’S “PSYCHO” WILL EXPLORE THE FORMATION OF THE ICONIC CHARACTERS OF NORMAN AND NORMA BATES AND THE WORLD THEY INHABIT

New York, NY – July 2, 2012 – A&E Network is going directly to series on “Bates Motel” from Universal Television with Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) and Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood”) serving as executive producers, it was announced today jointly by Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager, A&E Network and BIO Channel and the network’s Executive Vice President of Programming, David McKillop. The network is moving straight to series, bypassing a pilot, with a 10-episode order. Pre-production and casting will begin immediately.

“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,” said DeBitetto and McKillop. “It’s a provocative project from two of the best storytellers in the business and we’re looking forward to getting started.”

“Bates Motel,” inspired by Hitchcock’s genre-defining film, “Psycho,” is a contemporary exploration of the formative years of Norman Bates’ relationship with his mother, Norma, and the world they inhabit. Viewers will have access to the dark, twisted backstory and learn firsthand how Norma helped forge the most famous serial killer of them all. “Bates Motel” will premiere on A&E in 2013.

“Bates Motel” is produced by Universal Television and Carlton Cuse Productions for A&E Network. Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin serve as executive producers.