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Hitchcock's Psycho turned into A&E TV series

Jan. 13, 2012by: Alex Riviello

A&E is working on "Bates Motel", according to Variety. Based on Hitchcock's classic film PSYCHO (itself based on Robert Bloch's novel of the same name), the script is being written by Anthony Cipriano for Universal Television.

While both the book and the film start near the end of Norman Bates' illustrious career as a motel owner and chronic masturbator, this tv series will actually be a prequel. A prequel that explores Bates' childhood, in fact. That's right, we'll see Bates start off as a kid and work his way through his teenage years, most likely watching his overbearing mother torment him.

Hey, it worked so well for HALLOWEEN, right folks? Right? Right...?

(sigh)

I wish people would realize that not everything needs an origin story. We don't need to see every little moment that turned Norman Bates into a killer- it's all there in Anthony Perkins' performance in the original film. Watching him get bullied at school will just cheapen his psychosis.

Source: Variety

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3:33PM on 01/14/2012
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I guess universal forgot about psycho 4. That one pretty much gave the whole origin story including first murder, first love, death of his mother, and all the dirty little details narrated by norman bates himself while contemplates an even larger problem of whether his condition is hereditary. If memory serves right that was the last pyscho film perkins did before he died. Its shame that it had to be ruined with that crapsterpiece remake and now this.
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I guess universal forgot about psycho 4. That one pretty much gave the whole origin story including first murder, first love, death of his mother, and all the dirty little details narrated by norman bates himself while contemplates an even larger problem of whether his condition is hereditary. If memory serves right that was the last pyscho film perkins did before he died. Its shame that it had to be ruined with that crapsterpiece remake and now this.
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3:15PM on 01/14/2012

Eh...

I believe nothing can diminish the original more than when the twist was finally revealed to the world, analyed, and now everyone knows Norman Bates' mother's secret. My point being, this movie has endured numerous sequels and a shot-by-shot remake. And "Psycho"(1960) is the only one that endures. On top of which Anthony Perkins is not on hand to lend that particular nuttiness to the proceedings. If the show fails to do anything new then we have nothing to fear. If they succeed in making a
I believe nothing can diminish the original more than when the twist was finally revealed to the world, analyed, and now everyone knows Norman Bates' mother's secret. My point being, this movie has endured numerous sequels and a shot-by-shot remake. And "Psycho"(1960) is the only one that endures. On top of which Anthony Perkins is not on hand to lend that particular nuttiness to the proceedings. If the show fails to do anything new then we have nothing to fear. If they succeed in making a stand-alone series worth a damn, then more power to 'em.
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5:51AM on 01/14/2012

Meh

As another poster mentioned, Psycho IV ALREADY did this, and was even made-for-TV if I'm not mistaken. The Psycho sequels were surprisingly good- give them a shot. The less said about the Gus Van Sant remake, the better.
As another poster mentioned, Psycho IV ALREADY did this, and was even made-for-TV if I'm not mistaken. The Psycho sequels were surprisingly good- give them a shot. The less said about the Gus Van Sant remake, the better.
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10:59PM on 01/13/2012
If it sucks, it will be forgotten.
If it sucks, it will be forgotten.
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10:52PM on 01/13/2012
do not like :(
do not like :(
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10:09PM on 01/13/2012
Cripes, didn't Psycho IV establish this already?
And does anyone remember the last time they tried to make a show called "Bates Motel" [link]? Yeesh.
Cripes, didn't Psycho IV establish this already?
And does anyone remember the last time they tried to make a show called "Bates Motel" [link]? Yeesh.
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9:09PM on 01/13/2012
Scraping the bottom of the barrel.
Scraping the bottom of the barrel.
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7:04PM on 01/13/2012

Terrible Idea

Who cares about how Norman became a murderer. A series might be a good idea if it was about Norman years starting right after his mothers death and his initial return from the mental home. They could then follow his murders before the original Psycho and have flashbacks to his childhood. The problem is that even that idea would be too much like Dexter. They should really just leave it alone.
Who cares about how Norman became a murderer. A series might be a good idea if it was about Norman years starting right after his mothers death and his initial return from the mental home. They could then follow his murders before the original Psycho and have flashbacks to his childhood. The problem is that even that idea would be too much like Dexter. They should really just leave it alone.
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6:38PM on 01/13/2012
This is intriguing. Could go both ways. Hope it's better than the made for tv prequel directed by Mick Garris.
This is intriguing. Could go both ways. Hope it's better than the made for tv prequel directed by Mick Garris.
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