'Psycho' Prequel Series 'Promises 'Norman Bates: The Early Years'

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Norman Bates kinda single-handedly killed the whole "mom and pop" roadside motel industry when he went above-and-beyond his duties as proprietor of the Bates Motel and murdered the hell out of Janet Leigh in the shower. That's bad news for anyone who wants to rinse and repeat, but good business for all the Hampton Inns of the world.

Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" shocked audiences with its eerie black and white vision of the mentally disturbed Bates, the screen's first slasher. His rather "complex" relationship with his "mother" turned into one of the great horror movie twists, but the classic's stark suspense was strip-mined by Universal for three sequels (all starring Anthony Perkins) in the '80s and a shot-for-shot remake in the '90s.

According to Deadline, Universal TV and cable network A&E are going back to the well to fetch another pail of crazy as they develop "Bates Motel," a prequel series to "Psycho" that will chart the rise of ol' Norman. Developed by Anthony Cipriano, who dealt with child abuse in the film "Twelve and Holding," the show will chart Bates' "dark, twisted backstory from childhood through his teen years and will chronicle how his mother, Norma, and her lover damaged Norman, helping shape the most well-known serial killing motel owner in history."

If you're a fan of the franchise, you may be experiencing a feeling of déjà vu. That's because in 1987 Universal and NBC aired a made-for-TV movie titled "Bates Motel," which was meant to be a backdoor pilot for a series but drew low ratings. That show cast oddball actor Bud Cort ("Harold and Maude") as Alex West, the Norman surrogate, and a very young Jason Bateman.

While a prequel could make for an interesting show, the young Lecter cash-in "Hannibal Rising" kinda proved the whole Patton Oswalt line of, "I don't care where the stuff I love comes from! I just love the stuff I love!"