A&E set to produce Psycho inspired prequel “Bates Motel”

A&E is checking in to the Bates Motel.

The cable network has opted to bypass the traditional pilot stage and order its Psycho prequel Bates Motel straight to series. From Lost’s Carlton Cuse and Friday Night Lights’ Kerry Ehrin, the series is inspired by Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1960 classic Psycho and is described as a contemporary exploration of Norman Bates’ formative years. It will explore his relationship with his mother, Norma, and offer a look at the back story that helped forge the infamous serial killer. It’s been dubbed as a cross between Twin Peaks and Smallville. The series, which will begin pre-production and casting immediately, is scheduled for a 2013 premiere on A&E.

“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,” A&E president and GM Bob DeBitetto and A&E exec vp programming Dave McKillop said in a joint statement announcing the news Monday. “It’s a provocative project from two of the best storytellers in the business, and we’re looking forward to getting started.” A&E first announced it was developing the prequel to Hitchcock’s Anthony Perkins starrer at the Television Critics Association‘s winter press tour in January. Cuse boarded the effort, which is being produced by Mark Wolper and Roy Lee, in March. The A&E effort is not the first time a Psycho spinoff has been attempted; NBC aired a 90-minute TV movie titled Bates Motel in 1987. The A&E series also marks the latest serial-killer prequel story, joining NBC’s Silence of the Lambs prequel series, Hannibal, which hails from Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller.