By now we've all heard that cannibalistic movie serial killer Hannibal Lecter will be heading to NBC this fall for Hannibal, but Lecter won't be the only movie-to-TV-killer game in town. Another infamous movie slasher just got his own prequel series. So who is it?
Norman Bates, the disturbed young man at the heart of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 classic Psycho (based on the novel by Robert Bloch), will be headed to the small screen in 2013 for Bates Motel, a prequel series from Lost showrunner Carlton Cuse and Friday Night Lights writer Kerry Ehrin. The show was just picked up by A&E, who bypassed the pilot process completely and ordered 10 episodes.
While Hannibal will follow the early relationship between Lecter and Will Graham, the FBI profiler from the novel and film Red Dragon who ended up putting Hannibal the Cannibal behind bars, Bates Motel will cover how Norman Bates became a killer, and will apparently focus heavily on his relationship with his overbearing mother.
The series will cover the "formative years of Norman Bates, [his] relationship with his mother, Norma, and the world they inhabit," A&E said in a press release announcing the show. "Viewers will have access to the dark, twisted backstory and learn first-hand how Norma helped forge the most famous serial killer of them all."
So two infamous movie serial killers are heading to TV in the next year or so. Which one will you watch?