In a few weeks “Lost” “Heroes” and “House M.D.” director Tucker Gates will be getting behind the camera to start filming the 1-hour pilot presentation of A&E’s upcoming series “Bates Motel,” which serves as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock horror classic Psycho and examines the twisted relationship between serial killer-to-be Norman Bates and his mother Norma. Vera Farmiga was recently locked as Norma Louise Bates who is described as passionate, and compelling, a smart, multidimensional character who is always capable of surprising us. And now they’ve found their Norman!
Per TV Guide, Freddie Highmore (Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland) will be stepping into the shoes vacated by Anthony Perkins (and Henry Thomas in part 4, yo).
The Universal TV-produced Bates Motel has a 10-episode straight-to-series order for a 2013 premiere. Former “Lost” co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin (“Parenthood”) serve as writers-executive producers. “Bates Motel” had been developed as a miniseries when A&E bought it in January. When Cuse and Ehrin boarded the project two months later, they reworked it as a series and wrote several scripts. That prompted A&E’s July decision to forgo a pilot and go straight to series.