A&E is going full Alfred Hitchcock for its Psycho prequel, Bates Motel.
The cable network has reimagined the haunting hotel sign for its upcoming series exploring Norman Bates’ formative years.
From Lost‘s Carlton Cuse and Friday Night Lights‘ Kerry Ehrin, Bates Motel will explore Norman’s relationship with his mother, Norma and offer a look at his backstory that helped forge the infamous serial killer.
“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,” Cuse told The Hollywood Reporter of his take.
Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga stars as Norma Louise Bates, who has been described as a complicated, passionate and compelling woman who is smart, multidimensional and always capable of surprising people.
Hitchcock’s 1960 thriller starred Anthony Perkins as Norman and was based on the 1969 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. Janet Leigh co-starred as Marion Crane.
A&E will promote Bates, which bypassed the traditional pilot stage and was picked up straight to series, with the teaser art appearing on the back cover of the programs for this month’s Creative Arts and Primetime Emmy Awards. Check out the creepy art, exclusive to THR, below and hit the comments with your thoughts. Would you check in?