Friday, March 2, 2012

Hopkins, Johansson and Mirren on film about Hitchcock and "Psycho" (1960)

The life of famous director Alfred Hitchcock during the making of one of his most spread masterpieces, the horror film Psycho (1960), is taking its first steps towards its visual form. It seems the trick behind the shower scene is not the only backstage prop worth dramatizing, as Stephen Rebello wrote the book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho detailing every aspect of the film's production, documenting the arc of what took off as a low-budget somewhat-experimental youth-horror movie and landed as an worldwide success with a safe spot in the history of cinema.

The master of suspense will be portrayed by no other than Anthony Hopkins, probably his most relevant role in many years. Helen Mirren will be Alma Reville, Hitch's wife, and James D'Arcy will be Anthony Perkins and his character Norman Bates. Today's great news is the addition of bright Scarlett Johansson to play the role of Janet Leigh, who played the main character Marion Crane. Analogies to Michelle William's "My Week With Marilyn" are expected in due time. This could also be Scarlett's definite rise to the top.

The director, Sacha Gervasi, is best known for his documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008), about the heavy-metal band, which got a nomination in the DGAs. Stephen shares script credits with Black Swan (2010) writer John McLaughlin.

Via Collider.

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