Shock Till You Drop got their hands on the pilot script for A&E's new Bates Motel series. Lucky bastards. The series, currently ordered for a 10-episode season that we won't likely see until next year, is set as a "prequel" to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Here are a few things that Shock learned from the pilot.
Bates Motel is set in the present day, with Norman attending high school, cell phone and all. He has a brother, Dylan, is a "rebel" who seems to be estranged from his family. We meet Sam, the Bates patriarch, who is the "catalyst" for why Norman and mom Norma (played by the recently-cast Vera Farmiga) move to California and purchase what we now know as the Bates Motel. As one might expect, Norman suffers from a myriad of experiences that contribute to his sexual psychosis: an overbearing mother with whom his relationship pushes the boundaries of appropriateness; his friends are mostly girls, one of whom he falls for - she doesn't reciprocate; Norman discovers Japanese manga comics; and there is a rape. Shock doesn't give any more info about the rape, but I have a good idea for what is going to go down.
So what do you think? Will this be different enough from Psycho to not offend Hitchcock purists? I for one am truly looking forward to it.