A&E Reopens The ‘Bates Motel’ For A ‘Psycho’ Prequel

The cable network will explore the early days of Norman Bates.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Norman Bates has found a new home on TV.

A&E has announced that it is developing "Bates Motel," a prequel TV series to Alfred Hitchcock's legendary 1960 thriller, "Psycho." The film featured Anthony Perkins as the troubled killer, Norman Bates and Janet Leigh as Marion Crane; who is one of the most famous murder victims in cinematic history thanks to the iconic shower scene in which she was killed.

The original "Psycho" was based on Robert Bloch's 1959 novel of the same name. The movie had such a profound influence that it spawned three sequel films in which Perkins reprised his role as Norman Bates and a "Bates Motel" TV movie that loosely spun out of the features. "Psycho" was also notoriously remade in 1998 by director Gus Van Sant.

Anthony Cipriano is writing the new "Bates Motel" series which will reportedly explore the backstory of Norman Bates and depict how the abuse he suffered at the hands of his smother mother and her lover turned him into a dangerously unbalanced serial killer.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, A&E is also picking up the Danish TV series "Those Who Kill" for an American remake; possibly in hopes of striking a success similiar to the one AMC has enjoyed after turning the Danish "Forbrydelsen" into "The Killing." The premise for "Those Who Kill" centers around serial killers and those who pursue them.

And before we sign off, here's Perkins reprising his role as Norman Bates one more time… as an oatmeal pitchman.



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