Get ready for some dark, Freudian Norman Bates backstory — A&E has put in a straight-to-series order (bypassing a pilot) for “Bates Motel,” a drama about the early days of the “Psycho” killer and his relationship with his mother.
Carlton Cuse, writer and executive producer of “Lost,” will executive produce this series alongside “Friday Night Lights” writer Kerry Ehrin. “Bates Motel” is the creation of Anthony Cipriano, who scripted Michael Cuesta’s “Twelve and Holding” and wrote the pilot for this series.
The Hollywood Reporter calls the series “a cross between ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Smallville,'” while per the network’s own description 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 firsthand how Norma helped forge the most famous serial killer of them all.”
Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 “Psycho,” based on Robert Bloch’s novel of the same name, featured Anthony Perkins in the role of disturbed motel manager Bates. No cast has yet been announced for A&E’s series, but it’s slated to premiere in 2013, where it may join NBC’s own early-days-of-the-serial-killer show “Hannibal.”