Hitchcock’s Psycho… the prequel TV series?
Uh, yeah. You did read that right.
A mere 52 years after the classic Hitchcock thriller was released, a television show called ‘Bates Motel’ is being developed. Because the remake back in 1998 was so highly regarded, right?
So, it’s going to be set in the present, because that’s going to work really well as a prequel to a film set in 1960, and will explore the backstory of the formative years of Norman Bates and his relationship with his mother inside the world they inhabit. Because the whole ‘let’s explore the psycho’s childhood’ worked so well in Zombie’s Halloween? Why did I hate the film, then?
Actually, that’s super critical of me, because the childhood backstory was actually one of the few elements of the Halloween remake that I enjoyed. It was everything else that made me have a tiny rage aneurism while I was watching it. Ergh. Sidetracked. Point is, this shit has been dooooooooooone already.
The official statement about the show also says that
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.
Okay, here’s how I’m feeling about it:
1) I feel like they’re trying to cash in on the success of American Horror Story, much like 666 Park Avenue.
2) I feel like Scream is doing that as well.
3) I don’t think Psycho needs a backstory, and I think if it had, Hitchcock probably would’ve put it in there himself.
4) I think Hitchcock will be turning in his grave when this premieres.
5) I think I like slashers enough to give this a shot despite the fact that the remake film was awful and I really don’t think this will be much better, particularly if it’s supposed to be set today.
Anyway, Bates Motel is being produced by Carlton Cuse (who did Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (from Friday Night Lights) and has already been greenlit. Ten episodes have already been ordered for 2013, so the question is…