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Carlton Cuse, best known as the showrunner for ABC’s hit series Lost with Damon Lindelof, has been hired to work on The Bates Motel, a series under development for A&E that will act as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic Psycho.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cuse will act as an executive producer and will oversee writing and production. Friday Night Light’s Kerry Ehrin will co-executive produce and write on the series.
Collider reports that A&E’s initial plan for the series includes a six-episode run as an “event” series. If those episodes are as successful as A&E hopes, the six episodes will lead to full seasons. A&E is describing the series as an attempt to tell the story of how young Norman Bates, who was played by Anthony Perkins in Psycho, was twisted by his deranged mother and lover, “...eventually turning him into a serial killer.”
The Hollywood Reporter notes that A&E sees it as a cross between Twin Peaks and Smallville.
This is the second project in the works that is based on Hitchcock’s classic horror film. Last week, it was reported that Fox Searchlight is working on a film about the making of Psycho, which will star Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock and Scarlett Johansson as actress Janet Leigh.
While Lindelo has gone on to co-write films like Star Trek, Cowboys & Aliens and Prometheus since Lost ended, Cuse’s projects have remained under wraps. He is working on other television and film projects, including an untitled Hugh Jackman film that Shawn Levy is directing.
A&E first talked about The Bates Motel at the Television Critics Association press event in January.