A&E has ordered a drama series inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Psycho.
Bypassing the pilot process, the cable network has ordered Bates Motel, a direct-to-series take on the 1960 horror classic. Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) will executive produce the series.
“We are proud to be partnering with Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin on their thrilling reinvention of one of the most compelling characters in cinematic history,” said the network in a statement. “It’s a provocative project from two of the best storytellers in the business and we’re looking forward to getting started.”
Psycho is widely credited with giving rise to the “slasher” horror genre with its tale of a lonely owner of a desolate motel who’s responsible for a string of murders.
Bates Motel is a present-day telling of the “formative years of Norman Bates, [his] relationship with his mother, Norma, and the world they inhabit.” Continues the release: “Viewers will have access to the dark, twisted backstory and learn first-hand how Norma helped forge the most famous serial killer of them all.”
Bates Motel received a 10-episode order and will premiere on A&E in 2013.