The man responsible for the excellent documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil may soon be directing his attention to the “Master of Suspense.” According to 24 Frames, writer/director/producer Sacha Gervasi is currently in negotiations with Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Pictures to pen/direct an Alfred Hitchcock biopic. Per the report, the film will be based on Stephen Rebello’s 1990 book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho which documents in acute detail the production of (spoiler alert) Hitchcock’s 1960 classic, Psycho.
While Gervasi’s is the newest name at the table, the perpetual “in development” Hitchcock biopic has seen earlier drafts penned by both Rebello and Black Swan co-scribe John McLaughlin. For more on the project, hit the jump to check out a brief overview of Rebello’s book.
Here’s an overview of 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 Psycho released 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.