A&E Orders ‘Bates Motel’ Series From ‘Lost’ Producer

by | July 2, 2012 at 4:13 PM | TV News

The Bates Motel from 'Psycho' (Photo: Universal)

Ready to check back in to “The Bates Motel,” horror fans?

A&E has ordered a television series inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller “Psycho” that will serve as a prequel to the classic horror film.

An initial order of ten episodes are on tap for “The Bates Motel,” which is going straight to series (skipping the requisite pilot phase), the network announced Monday.

“The Bates Motel” will focus on the early years of mama’s boy Norman Bates, according to the release, which describes it as “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 first-hand how Norman helped forge the most famous serial killer of them all.”

Pre-production and casting are set to begin immediately, with a target airdate scheduled for a 2013.

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The project comes from “Lost” executive producer Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights“), in conjunction with Universal Television.

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“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 Bob DeBitetto and A&E programming VP 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.”

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