Lost Showrunner Checks into A&E’s Bates Motel?

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Lost Showrunner Checks into A&E's Bates Motel?Some more news coming in for A&E’s crack at the legendary tale of everyone’s most notorious mama’s boy, “Bates Motel”. Read on for the first details about who will be there managing the front desk!

According to THR “Lost”‘s Carlton Cuse may be signing on as showrunner for the cable series. A&E is developing the series, being produced by Mark Wolper and Roy Lee, as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. The 1960 horror classic featured an off-his-rocker motel manager named Norman Bates who murdered occasional boarders while under the watch of his even-more-psychotic mother.

“Bates Motel” aims to tell the story of a young Bates and how his life with his deranged mother and her lover unhinged his mind, eventually turning him into a serial killer. It has been described as a cross between “Twin Peaks” and “Smallville”.

If the show is picked up to series, Cuse will executive produce and oversee the writing and production of what is being envisioned initially as a six-episode “event” that would lead to additional seasons. It also marks the first genre TV project for Cuse since his acclaimed run on “Lost”.

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  • DavidFullam

    Wasn’t there already some kind of Bates Motel pilot or TV movie sometime back?

    • LifeMi

      There was a Bates Motel pilot from 1987, but it centered around Norman’s cellmate taking over the Bates Motel. You’re referring to Psycho IV: The Beginning, which already showed us Norman’s life with Mother. It wasn’t a great movie, but it had Tony Perkins and Olivia Hussey was freaky as Mother. They don’t need to do another Psycho, but it’s not surprising that they are.

      • DavidFullam

        That’s right, never saw either though. May have to track down IV and give it a look.

  • MagusMaleficus

    “It has been described as a cross between ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Smallville’.”

    Twin Peaks I dig. Smallville though… Ugh, fuck me running. So I guess Norman won’t actually do anything until the last season.