A&E is going down the prequel path, putting into development "Bates Motel," a new series that will take place before the events in "Psycho," showing the relationship between a teenage Norman Bates and his mother, and how he wound up a serial killer. But as fans already know, they've tried this before. Back in the '80s, there was a pilot attempted under the same premise (and title) that failed miserably. Then there was the made-for-TV "Pyscho IV: The Beginning" which used flashbacks and a small budget to try to tell the story of young Norman Bates again, but with dismal results.
But maybe writer Anthony Cipriano ("Twelve And Holding" starring a pre-fame Jeremy Renner) will succeed where others have failed. Or not. But, hey there's money to made. And anyway, there are only so many variations/episodes of "Storage Wars" A&E can make right? [Deadline]