Last Thursday, A&E gave television critics just a taste of the cable network’s lineup, including a bunch of new original scripted and reality material.
Heading the list of original movies is the tentatively titled “Hitchcock and the Making of ‘Psycho,'” a film that will follow the true story that inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.” Tom Thayer and Alan Barnett, who produced A&E’s “Faith of My Fathers” will executive produce from a script by John McLaughlin (“The Great Gatsby”).
A&E is also looking to visually adapt Tom Shales and James A. Miller’s “Live From New York,” a history of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Miller is writing the script, which will be directed by JB Rogers (A&E’s “See Arnold Run”). The film focuses on the early “SNL” stars — the “not-ready-for-primetime-players” — and Lorne Michaels and how they all became big and what fame did to them.
Apart from the entertainment industry, “Back in Action” is based on Captain David Rozelle’s book about being injured in Iraq, walking the NYC marathon and eventually returning to active duty, the first soldier to do so in Iraq after becoming an amputee.
“We are delighted to be partnering with some of the most creative talent in Hollywood to bring these fascinating true stories to life for our television audience,” says Bob DeBitetto, executive vice president and general manager at A&E. “These new original movie projects will be a great compliment to our successful slate of real life series.”