Anthony Hopkins in Talks to Play Alfred Hitchcock

     January 21, 2011

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Sir Anthony Hopkins may soon make a turn as the Master of Suspense, Sir Alfred Hitchcock.  The Oscar-winner is currently in negotiations with Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Pictures to star in the film adaptation of Stephen Rebello’s book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho.  Momentum on the film is certainly gaining as, only two days ago, we reported that Anvil! The Story of Anvil director Sacha Gervasi was in talks to direct the pic and rewrite John McLaughlin’s (Black Swan) script.

This is not Hopkins’ first time courting the role, as Heat Vision points out, that the actor was attached to a previous iteration of the project with Ryan Murphy directing and Helen Mirren starring opposite Hopkins.  To learn more about the potential project, hit the jump for an overview of Rebello’s book/the film’s source material.

alfred-hitchcock-and-the-making-of-psycho-book-coverHere’s an overview for Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho [from Wikipedia]:

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 RopeRear WindowTo 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.

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