Momentum's been building over the past week around an adaptation of the Stephen Rebello book "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho," and this latest news should make fans of the Master of Suspense even happier. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anthony Hopkins is in talks to play Hitchcock on the big screen.
Just last week it was announced that "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" director Sacha Gervasi was in talks to helm the flick. He was also planning on rewriting the screenplay penned by "Black Swan"'s John McLaughlin.
"Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho" unsurprisingly tells the story of Hitchcock leading up to the creation of the 1960 masterpiece. It follows Hitchcock who, at the height of his game as a director, chose to make a "lowly" horror movie. The book introduces a wealth of new characters we haven't met before, like the studio representatives who wanted nothing to do with the project, "Pyscho" author Robert Bloch and the film's screenwriters, editors, composers and producers. Apparently at the center of the script is the relationship between Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville.
It's unclear exactly how Gervasi will choose to adapt the book to the big screen. He's best known for his Anvil documentary, and this film could easily follow a documentary format, but there has to be a certain element of fiction since it stars actors who are not Hitchcock and his filmmakers (though the film will be based on a nonfiction book).
This isn't the first time Hopkins is courting the role in this film. The previous incarnation had "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy as director and Helen Mirren as Reville. Though Murphy has moved on to different projects, it would be nice to see Mirren come back to the film now that it has regained steam.
Do you think Anthony Hopkins will make a good Hitchcock?