New TV Version of 'Psycho': More 'Lost' Than Hitchcock? TV Guide
Producer Carlton Cuse, best known for his work on ABC's iconic drama "Lost," plans to bring a very un-Hitchcock spin to “Bates Motel,” A&E's reboot of "Psycho," reports TV Guide.
The 10-episode series will be a prequel to the action of the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film, presenting Norman Bates as a 16-year-old.
Said Cuse, "His mother, Norma, is in her early forties and very hot. We didn't get to know her in the movie because she was a corpse!"
In the story Cuse is spinning, the Bates clan relocates to a small town in Northern California and buys the motel that eventually bears their name.
Explains the creator, "We're reinterpreting the mythology a bit, and we might discover that Norman has a sibling."
Cuse said the production will not use the famous Bates house on the Universal lot -- even though both the house and the Bates Motel are still standing. Instead, the producers are planning to re-create both the house and the motel.
"We're looking to shoot in some redwooded Northwestern locale, so we'll probably end up building our own version of the iconic Victorian house overshadowing a '60s-era motel. There are a lot of dark secrets in this town. I'm really excited about it," said Cuse.
The project is currently casting and is set for a 2013 premiere.