Vera Farmiga cast as Norma Bates in the Psycho TV series Bates Motel

Fans of mommy’s boy serial killer Norman Bates sure have plenty to look forward to next year; British director Sacha Gervasi’s is currently shooting the feature film Hitchcock - based upon Stephen Rebello's 1990 non-fiction book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho and featuring a cast that includes Anthony Hopkins as Hitch, Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles, Helen Mirren as Alma Reville and James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins – while Us TV network A&E is busy prepping a Pyscho prequel series courtesy of executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights).

Entitled Bates Motel, the ten-episode series is said to present "a contemporary exploration of the formative years of Norman Bates... [and] his relationship with his mother, Norma, and the world they inhabit" and it has just secured the first of its two leads, with Deadline reporting that Vera Farmiga
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