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A&E Is Developing a Let the Right One In Television Series

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There have already been two film adaptations of John Ajvide Lindqvist’s novel Let the Right One In but now there will be a television series based on the novel about a pre-adolescent vampire and her outcast best friend. It comes as a bit of a surprise that we are getting a third remake of the novel in less than a decade.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, A&E has acquired the television rights to the original novel. The channel won the rights after a bidding war with Showtime to produce and broadcast the forthcoming series.

“Let the Right One In” the series will be headed by Jeff Davis, who has previously worked on the series “Teen Wolf.”

The series is still in development so details are very scarce. There is no word on who the studio is eyeing to star or an anticipated release date.

New Promo Released for Bates Motel Season 3

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While we wait patiently for season three of “Bates Motel” to return, A&E has released the first promo for the upcoming season. In the promo we actually get an homage to the original film, Psycho, that the series is based on.

“Bates Motel” is a modern-day prequel to the film where viewers get to see an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates’ psyche unravels through his teenage years. It stars Vera Farmiga in her Emmy-nominated role as Norma Bates with Freddie Highmore as the young Norman.

Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin serve as executive producers for Carlton Cuse Productions and Kerry Ehrin Productions respectively. Season 3 of the series will debut in March 2015 on A&E.

You can watch the first promo below:

Bates Motel to Conclude Season Two with Live After Hours

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A&E announced today that their hit drama series, “Bates Motel” will end the season with a special finale edition of “Bates Motel: After Hours.” It will be hosted by Dave Holmes.

Season two of “Bates Motel” further explores Norman’s unraveling psyche and digs deeper into the twisted world of the Bates family. New family members and seedy residents of the White Pine Bay including notable guest stars checked in throughout the season. In the season two finale, Norman (Freddie Highmore) is haunted by a tragic event in his past and Norma (Vera Farmiga) tries to save him from making a horrible mistake. Romero (Nestor Carbonell) and Dylan (Max Thieriot) find a way to bring closure to the drug war and Emma (Olivia Cooke) makes a decision about her future at Bates Motel.

Fans will then get a first-hand look into the explosive season finale during “Bates Motel: After Hours”, a live half-hour special event on May 5th at 11pm ET/PT. Stars Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates), Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates), Max Thieriot (Dylan Massett), Nestor Carbonell (Alex Romero), Olivia Cooke (Emma Decody) and executive producer Carlton Cuse will answer fan questions, share behind-the-scenes analysis and give insight into season two and what may be to come in season three. “Bates Motel: After Hours” will be broadcast in front of a live studio audience in New York.

“Bates Motel” Renewed for a Third Season at A&E

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“Bates Motel” has officially been renewed by A&E for a third season. The series stars (the impeccable) Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore as the iconic Bates family.

The series, is a “contemporary prequel” to Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho (based on Robert Bloch’s novel of the same name). It depicts the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in Hitchcock’s film, albeit in a different fictional town (“White Pine Bay, Oregon,” as opposed to the film’s “Fairvale, California”) and in a modern setting. The series begins after the death of Norma’s husband, when she purchases a motel located in a coastal Oregon town so she and Norman can start a new life. As you can imagine, things do not go as planned as Norma becomes increasingly dependent on her son and Norman loses control over himself. 

Network executive vp and general manager David McKillop said,

“The incredible writing team and talented Bates Motel cast has made this series one of the most compelling original dramas on television. The brilliant twists and turns of the past two seasons keep its loyal fan base coming back for more. We are so proud of the show.”

Produced by Universal Television for A&E Network, with Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin serving as executive producers for Carlton Cuse Productions and Kerry Ehrin Productions, respectively, Bates Motel will return in 2015. The current season is scheduled to run through May 5.

Two New Teasers for the Second Season of Bates Motel Released

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The highly anticipated season 2 of A&E’s “Bates Motel” has released two brand new trailers to tease the upcoming season. In the trailers we see both Norman and Norma Bates wand a little bit of what we can expect in the future. Season 2 begins early next year with Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga (whom I utterly love to death) reprising their roles as Norman and Norma Bates respectively. Kathleen Robertson, Paloma Kwiatkowski and Michael Vartan are going to be newcomers to the series.

The series is described as a “contemporary prequel” to the 1960 film Psycho (based on Robert Bloch’s novel of the same name). It depicts the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in Hitchcock’s film, albeit in a different fictional town (“White Pine Bay, Oregon,” as opposed to the film’s “Fairvale, California”) and in a modern setting. The series begins after the death of Norma’s husband, when she purchases a motel located in a coastal Oregon town so she and Norman can start a new life.

No debut date has been set for the second season except for a 2014 tag. You can watch both of the extended teaser trailer for “Bates Motel” below:

A&E Delivers Hitchcock Prequel ‘Bates Motel’ Teaser Art

A&E has gone Hitchcock creepy, but not without a sense of style. The network is going to deliver to the masses, a new series called Bates Motel. The material is considered a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s notorious 1960 film, Psycho. Today we unveil the horrific new poster art for the series.

The sign says there are vacancies, but the nighttime imagery says you’d do well to spend the night someplace else. You can cue the iconic stabbing music and be sure not to shower until you leave the Bates Motel.

The prequel story is so fascinating that A&E decided to skip the usual pilot stage for a show in development and picked up the order for episodes right out of the gate, so to speak. If that doesn’t get your attention, maybe actress Vera Famriga will. The big screen actress will claim a small screen gig to act as Norma Bates, who is, of course, Norman’s mother.

The Oscar nominee’s part is being called

complicated, passionate and compelling woman who is smart, multidimensional and…surprising.

In fact, the show will focus upon Norman’s relationship with his mother, revealing to viewers how the serial killer came to be.

You know Farmiga from The Departed, Up in the Air, and Source Code.

Driving the proverbial bus are Lost‘s Carlton Cuse and Friday Night Lights‘ Kerry Ehrin. Look out American Horror Story, you’ve got competition.

Cuse said,

We are incredibly excited to start production on Bates Motel. We think our take on the Bates family will both be surprising and subvert expectations. We can’t wait for people to check in.

In the original Psycho, Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh was his co-star.

Alfred Hitchcock is a hot topic in Hollywood right now. I’m very pleased because the director was one of a kind. I still watch Alfred Hitchcock Presents on Netflix.

Aside from the Bates Motel A&E series, fans of the portly fellow will want to look out for The Girl, Hitchcock, and Rebecca. The Girl is an HBO movie depicting the not so easy-going relationship between the director Tippi Hedren, who starred in The Birds. In that one, Toby Jones will act as Hitchcock and Sienna Miller is Hedren. Imelda Staunton will play Hitchock’s patient and almost oddly understanding wife, Alma.

As for Hitchcock, that’s the title of Fox Searchlight’s upcoming film. It also deals with Psycho, in that it shows how that film was made. In this one, Anthony Hopkins is Hitchcock and Alma is played by Helen Mirren. Scarlett Johansson is Janet Leigh. That’s some seductive casting. If you need more seduction, Jessica Biel will be Vera Miles.

Lastly, Hitchcock material is finding its way onto Broadway. His creepy, 1940 picture, an Oscar winner, by the way, is going to be a Broadway musical. This makes me want to watch the original very soon. Rebecca unfolds as the title woman marries a rich widower. Once she moves into his mansion; however, things are far from being a fairytale. Her husband’s deceased first wife has a very palpable presence in that place.

Ridley and Tony Scott Bringing “Coma” To A&E

Fresh off the heels of mega production, Prometheus, Ridley Scott is at it again. He recently announced his newest project which will see him teaming up with his brother Tony Scott to bring Robin Cook’s novel “Coma” to the small screen in the form of an A&E series.

Coma is Cook’s first published novel and ws written in 1977. The book was a hit, landing on the New York Times best seller as well as being voted as the number one thriller of the year by The New York Times.

The Scott brothers will produce the series which will star Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) as Dr. Susan Wheeler. Geena Davis, James Woods, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Burstyn and Steve Pasquale will co-star.

The plot involves a medical student who discovers strange happening at her hospital after a few routine procedures lead healthy patients into comas on the operating table.

Coma was previously made into a feature film in 1978 under writer/director Michael Chrichton and MGM. The cast of the Chrichton film includes Geneviève Bujold, Michael Douglas, Elizabeth Ashley, Richard Widmark, and Rip Torn as well as Tom Selleck and Ed Harris in minor roles. The film was a commercial success with its overwhelming sense of paranoia presented in the film praised as being a major drawing point for audiences.

Black Swan writer John J. McLaughlin, and “Band of Brothers” director Mikail Salomon are also attached to the project, which is set to premiere on September 3.

Rosario Dawson is Bringing Occult Crimes Taskforce to Television

“The Walking Dead” can move over.  It seems that Rosario Dawson has her own horror comic to bring to the small screen.  Dawson is teaming up with Gale Anne Hurd, producer for “The Walking Dead.”  Instead of AMC, they’ll be working with A&E.

While women are attached as executive producers for this show, Dawson who is known for her roles in such movies as Sin City, Clerks 2 and Death Proof, just may have planned the whole thing. First, let’s look at the official comic book description of issue #1.

Rosario Dawson (star of Sin City and Clerks 2) breaks new ground as she co-creates and stars in the Occult Crimes Taskforce!

When N.Y.P.D. detective Sophia Ortiz (modeled after Rosario Dawson) stumbles upon a bizarre murder scene, she is quickly brushed aside by a covert police unit – – the Occult Crimes Taskforce.  Versed in the black arts and equipped with mystical weaponry, the O.C.T. keeps the streets of Manhattan safe from the unholy creatures of the night.  Can Sophia help them stop this supernatural killer?  Find out when this action-horror thriller hits the stands!

Yeah, that was the official plot summary.  Almost seemed like a message to “Stay Tuned for More Action!”  It’s a pretty awesome move when you have the power and opportunity to create your own comic book in your own image.  It’s as if Dawson really wanted this to be made into a movie starring her; which it almost was, but Dimension films dropped it for some reason.

Sure, if Dawson wanted to ensure she was to be cast as lead; if the story were ever to be adapted back in 2006; she didn’t have to get drawn into the comic.  It’s also not a guarantee.  The magical, chain smoking John Constantine was modelled after musician Sting, but yet they cast Keanu Reeves.  What keeps her in the spotlight is her ownership of the intellectual property.

The story in itself seems like someone slammed together a lot of popular movie themes into one serial.  The comic only ran for four comics, but there are derivatives of movies that did well in there.

1)  Ghostbusters; they even said it in the comic; where they deal with the supernatural.

2) Then there’s the Men in Black, where they substituted aliens and science for magick.  The story begins with Ortiz stumbling onto a scene of a super natural crime in progress and survives.  Later she’s inducted into the super secret force, tasked with being the last line of defence against things that go bump in the night.  As the new guy, she’s shown a wild and bizarre world hiding under mere mortal noses.  Here come the O.C.T.

3) The magic incantations the O.C.T. uses screams Harry Potter, or maybe anything related to magic.  Instead of wands, they use their badges.  When the center of the badge is dialled to the correct glyphs and the spell is spoken, the officer can wield magical power. “Conjunctis virbus incursio!” is a spelled Ortiz uses in the comic to channel magical energy through a shotgun.  On a side note, I always thought it would be funny to see Samuel L. Jackson shooting someone while shouting, “Avada Kadavra Mother !@#$er!”

4) The taskforce is comprised of humans and special people/creatures referred to as Ceteri.  Now this reminds me a whole lot of Hell Boy and the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD).

5) Ortiz is special.  For she is, “The One” who is prophesized to do something or other.  It’s been played out a lot, but it still reminds me of Neo in The Matrix.

6) Magical happenings are focused in one spot, because evil enjoys living in Manhattan.  This is much like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and it’s Sunnydale Hellmouth.  The portion I enjoyed though was the back story.  The Native Americans ditched Manhattan for such a low price because they knew it was spiritually messed up.  Think of it as a diseased blanket.

To top it off, at the end of each comic, there are pages from the official Occult Crimes Taskforce Officer Training Manual.  It contains diagrams, procedures and spells.  Had the series really taken off, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was an actual training guide that would be merchandised afterwards.   This should be around the time the Zombie Survival Guide began to take off.
This whole story sounds like a joke that went too far.  I blame Kevin Smith as Dawson must have consulted him on this, as he’s one of the authorities on all things comic books in the Hollywood circles; plus I figured they must have stayed friends after Clerks II.  The comic even depicts Ortiz’s partner, Detective Aaron Cain, as a ringer for what looks like a slightly slimmer Smith.

While cable networks are ready to jump on what they think is the next Walking Dead, or Game of Thrones, I hope they do their research on this.  As the series only went four issues, there’s a lot to fill in; the story really jumped from scene to scene, so I can imagine it gives them a lot more writing wiggle room.  The main thing to look at is the fan base.  While I enjoyed the comic when it first came out, it also went by too quickly for me to get too attached.

Unknown artist, Tony Shasteen, the comics illustrator must have been going for the organic look that graphic novel Ex Machina had.  Ex Machina, drawn by Tony Harris, was at the time very popular in comic book circles and it most likely didn’t hurt to emulate it.  It gave the comic less of a cartoony feel, closing the gap to reality.  It even seemed that Marvel comics was brewing their own organic variant at the time, using photos of models to draw from.  It was weird looking at these images in their Ultimate series.  It seemed that all the superheroines had permanently swaying hips.  See, the problem was that Harris made it look good when he did it.

Aside from the cover, the artwork in O.C.T. almost looks as if it they were originally photos that were edited in Photoshop.  It’s true that Harris may have used photographs of models set to scene, but again, it didn’t look like he traced over real photos.  The imagery in the O.C.T. was closer to the Keanu Reeves movie, A Scanner Darkly, where they took real footage and then animated it; including special effects.  So that’s what I see whenever I crack open the O.C.T. comic.  The magic bits are just drawn in bits over the cartoon-yourself like photos.  Dawson is beautiful, but I didn’t need detailed artistry of every single detail of her mouth; yeah, compare it to her real photo sometime.

In all honesty, I give this comic adaptation the same chance to take off like as I did Lost Girl.  Not everyone’s heard of it, and not everyone likes it, but it must be doing well if it’s still on the air.  Now Chew, that’s a comic I can’t wait to see come out as a television show.

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Stephen King’s Bag of Bones Gets a Prequel on A&E

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Stephen King fans are in for a special treat, with A&E offering up a unique feature in preparation for December’s four-hour Bag of Bones miniseries that includes (in typical King style) a nod to other works from the King of horror and a few spooky photos to help get you in the mood for a ghost story.

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Creep Out With New Photos and Trailers for Stephen King’s Bag of Bones

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Okay! I’ll admit there’s nothing creepy about the photos but the trailer and behind-the-scenes look at Stephen King’s Bag of Bones more than makes up for that. You might want to turn the lights on before viewing… unless a girl doing the freaky jerky-head thing underwater is your thing.

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