Anthony Hopkins in Talks for ALFRED HITCHCOCK AND THE MAKING OF PSYCHO
Playing directors on screen is a challenge relished by many actors. Orson Welles has been a favorite to tackle by such actors as Liev Schreiber and Vincent D’Onofrio.
Now it’s Alfred Hitchcock’s turn for a bit of the spotlight and according to The Hollywood Reporter, Anthony Hopkins may be taking a crack at the role.
The Oscar-winning actor is reportedly in talks to portray the Master of Suspense in Montecito’s adaptation of the Stephen Rebello nonfiction book, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. The script was written by John McLaughlin (Black Swan) and Rebello
Sacha Gervasi is in talks to direct the film, best known for the acclaimed documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil. The 1990 book tells how Hitchcock decided to make a “lowly” horror movie, while at the top of his game as a direct. Initially, no studio wanted to touch the project so Hitchcock was forced to scrounge for financing by himself. In the end, Psycho of course became one of his biggest hits and one of the most influential of all time. At the center of the story is the relationship between Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville.
As of yet, no deals have been made with either Gervasi or Hopkins or Gervasi. Gervasi currently has another project he’s been eyeing, My Dinner with Herve. However the two duo has been reportedly taking meetings with Montecito (in fact, one took place at the Grill last week), looking over the script.
This is the second time Hopkins has been seen floating around Hitchcock. The actor was previously attached to another version of the adaptation. That incarnation also had Ryan Murphy tied to it as director and Helen Mirren as the female lead.
Next up, Hopkins stars in The Rite, New Line’s supernatural thriller, which opens Jan. 28.
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