Trade Breaks: Bates, Dark, 301, Transit

“Vertigo Entertainment has inked a first-look television deal with Lionsgate to develop and produce scripted programming for broadcast and cable. It’s making its first foray into scripted television with “The Bates Motel,” a re-imagining of “Psycho” that’s being developed with Universal Media Studios…” (full details)

“Melinda McGraw (CBS’ “Center of the Universe”) and Nathan Gamble (Babel) will play the wife & son respectively of Gary Oldman’s character, Lt. James Gordon, in Warner Bros. Batman sequel “The Dark Knight”…” (full details)

“National Lampoon’s has set a fall start date for “301: The Legend of Awesomest Maximus Wallace Leonidas,” a spoof of such sword-and-sandal films as “300,” “Troy,” “Gladiator” and “Braveheart.” Jason Burinescu wrote the script. The hero is Awesomest, an out-of-shape Spartan general who fails forward on a path to greatness…” (full details)

“Thousand Words has nabbed Michael Gilvary’s spec thriller “Transit.” The story follows a family driving through the desert is stalked by criminals who stashed stolen money in the family’s car. The script will go out to directors shortly. Palmer West and Jonah Smith will produce…” (full details)