“The vision of our incredible creative team has exposed the steady breakdown of the relationship between Norman and Norma Bates,” said Sharenow. “We are thrilled to bring fans two more seasons to witness the next stages of Norman’s transformation into the most notorious psychopath in cinematic history.”
New episodes of “Bates Motel” will begin production later this year and will air over two seasons, starting in 2016.
“Bates Motel” has garnered a loyal fan base over the past three seasons. Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Conjuring) in her Emmy-nominated role as Norma Bates, and Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Norman star alongside Max Thieriot (Disconnect, “Texas Rising”), Olivia Cooke (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) and Nestor Carbonell (“Lost,” The Dark Knight Rises).
The 2015 Critics’ Choice Television Awards just recently nominated Farmiga and Highmore for Best Actress and Actor in a Drama Series.
“Bates Motel” serves as a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho and provides viewers with an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates unravels through his teenage years. The series is produced by Universal Television for A&E Network. Kerry Ehrin and Carlton Cuse serve as executive producers for Carlton Cuse Productions and Kerry Ehrin Productions.
“The Conjuring” was without doubt one of the more successful film releases of 2013, as the production managed to earn back its budget several times over, and exceeded all expectations regarding its critical reception. It’s no surprise that the studio is already working on a sequel, and it’s currently scheduled for release in 2016 – and according to reports, the new film is going to shake things up a bit in the setting and plot development.
“The Conjuring 2” is reportedly going to move the location of the plot to England during the late 70s. The main plot will revolve around two sisters who have become possessed, with Warren reporting that she has personally seen one levitating, and the other apparently being capable of teleportation. She further went on to say that this has been the most frightening experience in her entire career – it seems that things are going to shake up a bit for the character.
The full name of the new film will be “The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist”. It’s worth noting that the story is based on real-life reports by Margaret Hodgson, a single mother living with her four children who have been haunted by poltergeists over the years.
LOS ANGELES – Vera Farmiga and Dax Shepard are definitely part of the Robert Downey Jr. fan club, especially after working with the “Iron Man” on “The Judge.”
But don’t discount: Billy Bob Thornton is apparently a pretty good hang.
The co-stars told HitFix reporter Louis Virtel what made their own roles in the flick so cool (or “cute-cucumber,” whatever your preference) too.
“I like taking on feminine characterizations I admire, and want to be more like,” Farmiga said of her role Samantha. “There’s a lot in between the lines.”
For Shepard, he said this is the first time ever he’s “played someone who’s a straight[-up] good person,” he said. “I’m not witty, I’m not making fun of anyone. I do my best… really acknowledging how I feel about Downey in real life. Which is ‘this guy is the greatest.'”
Which roles would the actors love to take from their movies, and turn into a TV show?
Frito from “Idiocracy” is certainly a fan favorite, as far as Shepard’s resumee is concerned. He likes to make his wife Kristen Bell laugh by busting out that dumbbell accent around the house.
And Farmiga would love to be that good ol’ “wacky prostitute” Oana from 2006’s “Breaking and Entering.”
Watch the rest of the interview above, on other fun moments from “The Judge,” why Shepard’s caught on the term “buffoon” and how fans see Farmiga after getting a load of Norma Bates from “Bates Motel.”
Robert Downey Jr. counts actress Vera Farmiga, one of his co-stars in The Judge, among “my favourite human beings in the world.” Back at you, Downey. Farmiga thinks so highly of you and of fellow co-star Robert Duvall that she calls working with the duo on The Judge “a great privilege.”
This kind of buttering-up can be utter nonsense, trite asides during a movie promotion. But, in this case, the mutual admiration sounds genuine and therefore believable. It started with the respect she had going in on the project, Farmiga says in a one-on-one interview prior to the release of The Judge, which is now playing in theatres.
“Duvall and Downey are arguably the best actors in the world. So there is a respect already that we all came with.” Naming other members of the ensemble, including Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Billy Bob Thornton and Dax Shepard, Farmiga says “the calibre already is five-star across the board.”
Layer that support cast under the Duvall-Downey duo and the set was electric, Farmiga says. “So you come in with such respect and anticipation and joy — and that is what you yearn for as an actor, to have this kind of opportunity!”
VERA Farmiga will tell you that doing love scenes is awkward enough (“it’s just weird”), but when your on-screen love interest’s wife is a producer on the film and is standing just out of shot, it can prove downright bizarre.
“I’m sitting on Robert Downey Jr’s lap, and the director is telling me to move this way and that, and his wife Susan is standing there, nodding her head,” laughs the actor.
“The pressure was on me to please Susan. The first person I looked at was her, like, ‘Susan, is that OK?’ I mean, she kisses him on a daily basis — she’s the expert!”
Farmiga and Downey star in The Judge, an old-fashioned weepy (mixed with those old family resentments, grudges and things left unsaid) about Hank, a high-flying lawyer (Downey) who returns to his small hometown to deal with his gruff father (Robert Duvall), the town’s judge, who’s facing a murder charge.
Farmiga plays Sam, “a solid, peaceful gal”, and Hank’s high school girlfriend.
“She’s pretty much the only woman in the film,” groans Farmiga. “So there was a lot of testosterone flying around. Actually, it was good that Susan (Downey) was there!”
Farmiga reckons that “films like this” just aren’t being made in Hollywood, and that it took Downey’s star power to get the project across the line.
“I think there’s a very noble message here (about family). I know what it does for me in my life, I know what direction it points me to. What it sort of deems me guilty of in my life.”
“I’m not going to tell you,” she laughs, “but in a general sense, I know where there’s anger, and indignation and hurt and resentment that I’m not addressing.”
The upcoming horror film Annabelle has many ties back to James Wan’s 2013 movie The Conjuring – as any prequel/spin-off would – but one link it doesn’t have is appearances from the originals’ stars. While the characters do have very important ties to the titular doll, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorainne Warren, who were played by Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson in last year’s horror film, don’t actually make an appearance in Annabelle. But that wasn’t necessarily always going to be the case.
This past weekend, I had the chance to sit down with Annabelle director John Leonetti and producer James Wan, and personally wondering about Farmiga and Wilson’s absence, I took the opportunity to ask if there was ever a discussion behind the scenes about having them make a cameo appearance. As it turns out, there were conversations about it, but it was ultimately decided that the schedules just wouldn’t work out, so the idea was left behind. Said Leonetti,
“Honestly, yes, we would have loved for them to join the party, if you will, but I just don’t think it was viable with their schedule and ours, so we just did it the way we did it.”
While Ed and Lorainne Warren don’t actually appear on screen in Annabelle, their finger prints are still all over it. To this day, the Annabelle doll (which in real life is actually a rather normal Raggedy Anne) remains as the most notable piece in the Warrens’ collection of demonically touched items. The new film even opens with a call back to the Annabelle sequence in The Conjuring where the Warrens are interviewing a pair of nurses who have felt the toy’s evilness (though the “Warrens” never actually appear on screen).
I didn’t have the opportunity to ask Leonetti and Wan about it during our short interview, but I remain curious as to what the cinematic future holds for Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga and the series. The Conjuring wound up making nearly $320 million worldwide when it was done with its box office run, and while Annabelle certainly represents an expansion of the franchise, I wonder if we’ll ever get a more direct sequel with the Warrens looking into another one of their most famous cases. It could possibly hinge on the success of Leonetti’s movie this weekend.
Norma Bates has had nothing but bad luck in relationships on “Bates Motel,” and for viewers who know where her story in “Psycho” ends, that track record isn’t likely to change any time soon. But that doesn’t stop fans from itching for a relationship between Vera Farmiga’s Norma and Nestor Carbonell’s Sheriff Romero.
Both Carbonell and Farmiga are intrigued by the idea, they tell Zap2it during a San Diego Comic-Con 2014 group interview. “I know a lot of people are eager to explore that, and I am, but I want them to do that in a way that is simmering,” Farmiga says.
There were some teases of a possible romantic interest between the two in Season 2, and Farmiga found it “sexy” because Romero “never says anything.” “He’s a man of very few words, and then he opens his mouth and lets the fact that he’s been watching me undress just roll out, without apology,” Farmiga says. “I look forward to where they take it.”