First full trailer for Psycho prequel, Bates Motel

Trailer Louisa Mellor 20 Feb 2013 - 06:51

Er, had you heard about this one? A TV series prequel for Psycho set in the modern day...

"It's all gonna be good Norman"

The jury's out on that, we'd say.

Starting in the US on the 18th of March is A&E's Psycho prequel series, Bates Motel, which follows the arrival of Norman Bates and his mother in White Pine Bay, where they purchase the titular hostelry made famous in Hitchcock's 1960 adaptation. Though set in the early life of Robert Bloch's characters, the show has been updated to the modern era.

UK actor Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) is playing Norman Bates, with Source Code's Vera Farmiga as his mother. The series comes from the producers of Lost and Friday Night Lights. Take a look at the first full trailer below.


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Hopefully this will one day appear on a "top ten terrible ideas for a TV Show prequel that actually turned out good". But it's certainly in the "top ten terrible ideas for a TV Show prequel" list regardless.

This actually looks relatively decent. Highmore does Bates quite well.

Ok... so if its set in a modern day context, how can it be a prequel? Do they own a DeLorean?

Bates motel, more like master bates motel. HAHAHAHAAHAHA

ummmm, NO!

It's obviously NOT a prequel. A&E has been clear about that from day one. It's a retelling, unrelated to either the novels or the films.

It's NOT a prequel. Come on, folks--use your heads.

The deck to this article is incorrect. This isn't a prequel--it's a new version of the story. Neither the novels nor the films are part of its story. It's set in the modern day.

errrrrr...One small question, just minor really.... how can it be a prequel... if it's set in the modern era!!

In the same way that Smallville was set in the 21st Century even though the Superman films were made in the 80s.

So, the reason Norman Bates went crazy in the 1960s was because the girls in his small town went to too many raves? Fail.

Should have been a period show. The themes of teenaged sexual rebellion would actually be interesting if it was set in the 50s/60s. Set in the modern day it's no different from anything on The CW.

Ah, but comic books (especially DC comic books) are already well-known for rebooting and reimagining their continuities, so it's more acceptable in that case.

I thought this was going to be set in the 1950s when I first heard about it. I thought it could have been a pretty good idea. Now I have to say I am a bit disappointed to see that it's set in modern day. I suppose it could be good. Based on the commercials I've seen which includes a scene of rave girls, I'm not so sure I'll tune in. Others still will, of course.

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