TV: A&E Telling ‘Psycho’ Prequel, “Bates Motel”

A&E announced it is in early development on “Bates Motel,” a potential series from Universal Television for A&E that would serve as a prequel to the Alfred Hitchcock 1960 classic Psycho!

THR writes that the series would offer an understanding into how Norman Bates’ psyche developed and would tell the back story of the film’s killer, learning of how his mother, Norma, and her lover damaged him, transforming him into serial-killing motel owner. Anthony Perkins played Norman in the film. Anthony Cipriano penned the script.

Based on the best-seller by Elsebeth Egholm, the cable has acquired the rights to Danish format “Those Who Kill,” about serial killers and the people who pursue and catch them.

The original series revolves around a female police detective who works to understand her connection into the mind of a serial killer and a profiler who has a deeper psychological understanding that connects them to the killer and their victims. Final Destination‘s Glen Morgan will pen the script and executive produce alongside Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Peter Bose and Jonas Allen.

 
Source: THR