Big Screen Favorites “Bates Motel” and “Hannibal” Head To TV [VIDEO]
The list of TV shows based on movies is long. Some were wildly successful, “MASH”, “The Odd Couple” and “”Buffy, The Vampire Slayer” come to mind. Now two more iconic films, “Psycho” and “Silence of the Lambs” are getting the big screen to small treatment with “Bates Motel” (“Psycho”)–which premiered last night–and “Hannibal” (“Silence of the Lambs”) debuting this season. The differences between the movies and TV shows? Check out the trailers for answers.
The Week reports favorably on each new series strong points.
The most striking thing about Bates Motel is how tonally different it feels from Psycho and any of its sequels. Highmore’s Norman seems fairly normal: He attends high school parties with pretty girls, makes friends, and even gets smoochy with a classmate (Olivia Cooke). Farmiga’s character — who, while not physically present in Hitchcock’s original, was the impetus for Norman’s psychosexual madness —displays an understated but smothering hold on Norman, and the series is built on how her uncomfortably close relationship with her son will develop and ultimately shape his psyche.
The previews for Hannibal show a lot of promise. The stellar cast also includes Laurence Fishburne and Gillian Anderson, who have a proven track record making serialized procedurals about killers and bizarre happenings. And the latest trailer looks to capitalize on the “ick factor,” with shots of ripped-out guts, impaled bodies, and a garden of dismembered limbs that suggests a level of bravado not seen in the average series.
via Bates Motel and Hannibal: Can TV give new life to Hollywood’s iconic killers? – The Week.
There is an entire generation or two that is unfamiliar with either film so whether or not they are ratings successes will depend on their ability to capture and audience among those who don’t understand the premises.