At the end of last week, it was announced that Lost executive producer Damon Lindelof would make his return to television by developing Tom Perrotta's The Leftovers at HBO. The adaptation would mark the Prometheus writer's first long form project since working on the island with co-creator Carlton Cuse. Now it's Cuse's turn to make the news, with his Psycho prequel receiving a 10 episode order from A&E.
A&E announced they won't bother going through the pilot process with Bates Motel, from Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, and instead opted to move ahead with a full first season. The network first announced the new series based on Alfred Hitchcock's seminal slasher at the Television Critics Association press event at the beginning of the year with Cuse coming aboard in March. And like Lindelof, this will also mark the first television show for the executive producer since working on Lost.
For Bates Motel, Cuse will be joined by Kerry Ehrin who's producing (and writing) credits include Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. She initially seems like an odd fit for a series about the creation of a Psycho but perhaps her experience on the family dramedies will work well for the "contemporary exploration of Norman Bates' formative years." Funny enough, the network describes the new series that explores Norman's backstory and relationship with his mother, Norma, as a mix of Twin Peaks (Cuse?) and Smallville (Ehrin?), another insight that suggests the producer pairing isn't so mad after all.
A&E president and GM Bob DeBitetto as well as exec vp programming Dave McKillop said in a joint statement...
We are proud to be partnering with Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin on their thrilling reinvention of one of the most compelling characters in cinematic history... It's a provocative project from two of the best storytellers in the business, and we’re looking forward to getting started.
Bates Motel was written by Anthony Cipriano (who wrote Twelve and Holding, a small drama directed by Homeland regular Michael Cuesta) and will begin casting immediately for a 2013 premiere on A&E. Who do you think is a right fit for a young Norman Bates? An unknown young actor paired with a star in the role of Norma? I'd say Michelle Pfeiffer but I'm unsure of the age range being sought.