Actress Vera Farmiga, who’s perhaps best known for co-starring with George Clooney in “Up in the Air,” is joining the cast of a new A&E series that’s being developed as a “prequel” to the classic Alfred Hitchcock movie “Psycho.”
The new series is called “Bates Motel,” after the famed remote motel made famous by the 1960 Hitchcock movie about a lonely man — Norman Bates (played by Anthony Perkins) — who murders a guest (Janet Leigh) in the shower, and dresses up as his own dead mother.
That shower scene happens to be one of the most famous sequences in the history of movie-making, but there was no word Monday on whether this new series would attempt a shower scene of its own.
What was reported — here on Deadline.com — was that Farmiga, 39, has signed on to play “Norma Bates” in this prequel, which will imagine life at the Bates Motel in the years before the time period of the famous film.
The story doesn’t specify who exactly Norma Bates is, whether she is Norman’s mother, sister or someone else entirely.
According to the story, 10 episodes of “Bates Motel” have been ordered from A&E for airing next year. The series is from producer Carlton Cuse, former showrunner of “Lost.”
As the story notes, that kind of commitment, before a single episode has even aired, is unusual — and speaks volumes about A&E’s confidence in this project. We detect a little influence from “American Horror Story” here — the very successful miniseries seen on FX that garnered so many Emmy nominations this summer.
And now, it seems as if A&E is looking for a little “American Horror Story” of its own.