A&E recently put into motion plans to deliver a small screen prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO and with the network opting to bypass the traditional pilot stage, A&E has officially greenlit BATES MOTEL straight to series.
From creators Carlton Cuse (“LOST”) and Kerry Ehrin (“FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS”), the series is inspired by Hitchcock’s classic 1960 feature and is described as a contemporary exploration of Norman Bates’ formative years. It will explore his relationship with his mother, Norma, and offer a look at the back story that helped forge the famed serial killer. Cuse and Ehrin will executive produce the Universal Television and Carlton Cuse Productions effort with Anthony Cipriano penning the script for the pilot.
Pre-production will begin immediately with casting currently underway. A&E has scheduled BATES MOTEL to premiere sometime next year. The series joins a growing roster of scripted programming at the network that includes rookie drama LONGMIRE, which was recently renewed for a second season and THE GLADES, currently in its third season on the air.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter