We’ve heard rumours of a Psycho TV series for a while now and to be honest we weren’t particularly bothered or excited because it sounded like another horrible remake/prequel/lazy cash-in on a famous concept (Scarlett Johansson is apparently attached to a new movie version too, playing the role made famous by Janey Leigh, no confirmation of they are linked though) .
However, we pricked up our ears when we heard that Lost showrunner Carlton Cruse is executive producer. Why are we excited? Well, say what you want about Lost (it fumbled the ball, they didn’t know where they were going, etc) but when it was good there was nothing better. It had a tight cast of well fleshed out, interesting characters and was never less than totally watchable and quite often even stretched to unmissable. So, to have someone of Cruse’s talents attached to the six-part series is a good sign indeed.
Norman Bates is a complex character who no doubt has a great background story to be told, hopefully it can be done in this six-part ‘event’ series. Just so long as it doesn’t become a teen-angst drama but rather a dark, psychological study of a deeply flawed character… something like early series Dexter would be the way forward rather than One Tree Hill.
Consider us optimistic but very, very cautious…