A&E isn’t wasting time with a pilot and has ordered a new series based on the classic film Psycho to go straight to series.
Currently cable network A&E seems to be able to do no wrong, and that success may be going to their heads. Traditionally when you are about to launch a new series you will go through a process that includes filming a test episode known as a pilot episode. Sometimes these episodes end up being televised, and other times they go into the can to never be seen again as retooling is done. A goodly number of pilots end up being the only remaining document of a series that failed to get to air, but it is a process almost all series go through.
Carlton Cuse (LOST) and Kerry Ethrin (Friday Night Lights) pitched A&E on Bates Motel, a prequel series to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film Psycho, and the cabler went for it hook, line and sinker. The series will tell the story of Norman Bates’ formative years, his relationship with his mother and how he came to be the serial killer we all came to know. The series will begin airing sometime in 2013 according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The problem here is that there have been several film sequels and prequels to the original 1960’s classic, and while they did okay, they didn’t exactly burn up the box office. The key element that was missing from all of them was the masterful touch of Hitchcock. While I am normally a defender of staying true to source material, I’ve read the original book, and this is one of the few times I will say the movie is far superior. Will anyone actually care to take this journey and see where Norman came from? We’ll find it in a year or so.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]