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.
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.