Psycho TV series ‘Bates Motel’ in development

For those of you that thought showering was just a time to wind down and get clean, you are about to get a rude awakening as Psycho returns for yet another instalment, but this time it’s television.

Even if you’ve never seen the 1960 film Psycho, its sequels, the prequel, its last attempt at a TV spinoff or the 1998 remake, you probably know about the infamous shower scene and that’s because the film, especially that scene, is a horror classic.  Show me one other film that had to be shot in black and white to avoid being ‘too gory’, a concept which is lost these days.

The original film is about, momma’s boy, Norman Bates who runs a motel with his mother.  Then an unsuspecting shower user comes to stay and the rest is Hollywood history.  Two sequels followed, completely unrelated to the two sequels of the book the original film was based on, then came a prequel, that looked at Bates’ teenage years, followed by a spinoff were the motel is reopened and murders start again and finally, in 1998, a nearly shot for shot remake of the original film was made.  The new TV series will be called Bates Motel, the same name used for the spinoff, and will once again examine the teenage years of Norman Bates.

Though still in the early stages of development the show is said to give a close look at how Norman became a psycho.  The story will show him from childhood and through his teenage years, providing the pilot gets picked up.  Viewers will get to see how his mother, Norma, and her lover damaged Norman, putting him on the path to become a killer.  Last time a Psycho show was proposed, the pilot wasn’t picked up and it was instead turned into a TV movie spinoff.  Hopefully this version doesn’t suffer the same fate as it will be interesting to see were, in 2012, they will take the story.  It’s no secret that movies are scarier these days than they were in the past, how will this change the story?

What do you think?  Would you like to see this show get made?  Are you a fan of the original movie?  Have you ever read the book?  Let me know by voting a leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to follow/subscribe and, if you enjoyed this post, click the like button.


6 responses

  1. I love this movie, and I’m all for a remake of the spin-off. 🙂

    January 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    • It’s more like a remake of the prequel than the spinoff, but still it will definately be interesting to see how they handle nowadays. It will obviously be set in the past, but audiences are harder to scare now, we’ve seen too much, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how it works out and hopefully it will get picked up.

      January 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm

  2. I’d definitely watch it. 🙂

    January 15, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    • Me too 🙂 I hope they get picked up it would be really cool to see how they play it.

      January 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm

  3. Amy

    It sounds really interesting. I haven’t seen the original film but it’s on my to watch list. The show sounds really good I’d watch it. I think it should be given a chance tv needs some new craziness 🙂

    January 16, 2012 at 1:18 am

    • There is definately a serious lack of craziness on TV, unless you count all those crazy reality shows. I actually just had an interesting thought about how this show could be similar to Dexter, though different enough to make it worth watching. I hope it doesn’t get up getting stopped before it starts.

      January 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm

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