Anthony Hopkins is currently in talks to play the legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock in the upcoming film Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. The film, based on the book of the same name by author Stephen Rebello, could end up being directed by Anvil! The Story of Anvil director Sacha Gervasi. Hopkins was previously attached to the project a while back, when Ryan Murphy was going to direct. As of now, neither Gervasi or Hopkins are confirmed but both are in talks and apparently very close to signing deals.
If anyone could play Hitchcock it would be Hopkins. Hopkins is a fantastic actor whose taken on some truly great roles. I’m all for seeing him in the role and I really hope this goes through. If you’re unfamiliar with the book, check out the plot summary below.
First published in May 1990 by Dembner Books and distributed by W.W. Norton and Company, the book details every aspect of the creation of director Alfred Hitchcock’s famous thriller Psychoreleased to theaters in 1960. From Hitchcock’s acquisition of the original novel by Robert Bloch to his work with two different screenwriters, casting, filming, editing, scoring, and promotion, the book takes readers into the day-to-day lives of moviemakers who believed they were making a modestly-budgeted, black-and-white shocker that represented a radical departure from the elegant, suspenseful films that had made director Hitchcock’s reputation, including Rope, Rear Window, To Catch a Thief,The Man Who Knew Too Much, and North by Northwest.
The project Hitchcock tackled in part as an experiment to compete with financially-successful, low-budget, youth-oriented horror movies went on to astound many by becoming a cultural watershed, an international box-office success, a film classic, and a forerunner of the violent, disorienting films and real-events of the turbulent ‘Sixties.