Anthony Hopkins is in discussion with Montecito Pictures to hammer out a deal and star in their upcoming film project Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.
Movieweb reports that the film will be based on Stephen Rebello’s 1998 critically acclaimed non-fiction book “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making Of Psycho” — and Anvil’s Sacha Gervasi is rumored to be in talks to direct the production.
This is actually the 2nd time Hopkins has been offered to play the role of the famous moviemaker and his struggle to make the classic thriller.
In 2007, director Ryan Murphy (Running With Scissors) approached the Silence Of The Lambs star to play Hitchcock opposite Helen Mirren, who was rumored to be in the running to co-star as Mrs. Hitchcock — but the project was eventually scrapped.
Originally, the 1960 film Psycho was adapted from Robert Bloch’s novel “Psycho,” loosely based on the true life tale of famous killer Ed Gein of Plainfield, Wisconsin.
Raphello’s 1998 book begins with the investigation of Gein and takes you through Bloch’s subsequent thriller, followed by the trials and tribulations in making the film including: studios that showed no interest, low budget constraints, the selection of cast members and various problems with filming.
Did you know? Psycho was not nominated for a “Best Film” award at the Oscars in 1960. Though Janet Leigh was nominated as “Best Supporting Actress” and Hitchcock was nominated as “Best Director” for the famous chiller — neither Leigh nor Hitchcock took home an Oscar.