Let's see. There have been for "Pyscho" movies with Anthony Perkins, including the origin story "Psycho IV," with Henry Thomas as the young Norman. There was also a "Bates Motel" movie. And a "Psycho" remake with Vince Vaughn as Norman. And countless parodies and homages to the Hitchcock classic. Decline in quality over the years has been considerable. So why exactly do we need this:
A&E Network is going directly to series on "Bates Motel" from Universal Television with Carlton Cuse ("Lost") and Kerry Ehrin ("Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood") serving as executive producers, it was announced today jointly by Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager, A&E Network and BIO Channel and the network's Executive Vice President of Programming, David McKillop. The network is moving straight to series, bypassing a pilot, with a 10-episode order. Pre-production and casting will begin immediately.
"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," said DeBitetto and McKillop. "It's a provocative project from two of the best storytellers in the business and we're looking forward to getting started."
"Bates Motel," inspired by Hitchcock's genre-defining film, "Psycho," is a contemporary exploration of the formative years of Norman Bates, relationship with his mother, Norma, and the world they inhabit. Viewers will have access to the dark, twisted backstory and learn first-hand how Norma helped forge the most famous serial killer of them all. "Bates Motel" will premiere on A&E in 2013.
"Bates Motel" is produced by Universal Television and Carlton Cuse Productions for A&E Network. Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin serve as executive producers.
OK, I just wrote on Sunday about the way we see reinvented Spider-Man and Batman and Superman (and Hamlet and ohter icons of fiction), so why not a new Spidey? But Norman Bates is a character whose end is known, whose public revelation is preordained.