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Ready For A Psycho Prequel?
A US TV network plans Bates Motel...

14 January 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Ready For A Psycho Prequel?

If you ever wondered just what happened to make Norman Bates into the lady-slashing, cross-dressing, maternal skeleton maintaining bag of weirdness he is in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, then you might just get an answer thanks to US TV network A&E.

Executives from Universal Television announced at the Television Critics Association winter tour on Friday that they’d kicked off early development on the series, which aims to peek into Bates’ psyche and see how his skewed worldview came to be. You know, because Hitchcock did such a bad job by not explaining every little detail.

The show – assuming it actually gets picked up, which is not guaranteed just yet – will follow the younger Bates and his issues with mum Norma and her lover, detailing just how they damaged him. A TV show about child abuse and psychopaths! How delightful. It has a script by Anthony Cipriano and, if given the go-ahead, will crank into production this year.

In related news, we’re considering web series Bad Eggs, which explains just how the avian villains of The Birds came to be such peck-obsessed bastards. Turns out it was mostly being raised by radioactive rooks. Who knew?

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L: Biggus Was this not covered in Psycho IV: The Beginning? sp; Indeed it was... More

Posted by Discodez at 15:58 on 16 January 2012 | Report This Post

Master Bates Turns In His Grave
Classics are always a magnet for hacks to mess around with and screw up. 52 years on and they're still trying to milk money out of this. Seems like a mix of greed and desperation. They clearly don't understand that if you "explain" horror, it isn't scary anymore. More

Posted by BenTramer at 12:57 on 16 January 2012 | Report This Post

unless hitchcock has arisen, then no thanks.
can we not have deadwood season 4 instead please? . More

Posted by simjamlmx at 22:43 on 14 January 2012 | Report This Post

L: Biggus Was this not covered in Psycho IV: The Beginning? hat's just what I was thinking More

Posted by skeletonjack at 13:54 on 14 January 2012 | Report This Post

This sounds like another pointless waste of time. Can't they just leave it alone? The first Physho is an absolute classic that should've been left alone and this idea should be abandoned! More

Posted by dannyfletch at 11:26 on 14 January 2012 | Report This Post

Some things are better left in the dark
I'm giving this a miss. I don't need to know how he became damaged and who is mother is, and I don't want to. It'll ruin the original film. Not to mention the fact that NO-ONE can play Norman Bates as well as Anthony Perkins. More

Posted by Whistler at 10:05 on 14 January 2012 | Report This Post

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