Fox Searchlight Pictures just put out a press release concerning the film ‘Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho’. It seems that the original title has been changed to just ‘Hitchcock’. That’s a load off because the original title was a mouthful and I kept calling the film ‘Hitchcock’ or ‘Making of Psycho’ anyway.
The same press release goes on to state that the picture, which is a dramatization of the legendary director’s life during the filming of his classic film ‘Psycho’ (well duh… look at the original title). According to Fox Searchlight, the film will focus on the romantic relationship between Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Alma Reville (Helen Mirren).
‘Hitchcock’ will be directed by Sacha Gervasi (‘Anvil! The Story of Anvil’) and in addition to Hopkins and Mirren, will also star Scarlett Johansson (‘Avengers’), Jessica Biel (‘The Illusionist’), Kurtwood Smith (‘Robocop’), Wallace Langham (‘CSI‘), Toni Collette (‘Sixth Sense’), Danny Huston (‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’), Michael Stuhlbarg (‘Hugo’), and Michael Wincott (‘The Crow’).
Here’s the official press release:
“HITCHCOCK” TO BEGIN PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Sir Anthony Hopkins and Dame Helen Mirren to star
with Sacha Gervasi to direct
LOS ANGELES, CA April 12, 2012 –Fox Searchlight Pictures and Montecito Pictures announced today that principal photography for the drama HITCHCOCK will start on April 13th in Los Angeles. The film will star Academy Award® winners Sir Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock and Dame Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma. Sacha Gervasi, whose big screen debut, ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL won the 2010 Best Documentary Feature prize at the Independent Spirit Awards, will direct from a screenplay by John McLaughlin, revisions by Ryan Murphy, Stephen Rebello and Sacha Gervasi, based on the book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello. Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock and Joe Medjuck of Montecito Pictures (UP IN THE AIR) will produce along with Tom Thayer and Alan Barnette. Ali Bell and Richard Middleton will be executive producers. The film will be co-financed by Fox Searchlight Pictures and Cold Spring Pictures. HITCHCOCK will be released worldwide by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Claudia Lewis, President of Production and David Greenbaum, Senior Vice President of Production are overseeing the project for Fox Searchlight Pictures.
HITCHCOCK is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife and partner Alma Reville. The film takes place during the making of Hitchcock’s seminal movie PSYCHO.
The film will also star Scarlett Johansson (LOST IN TRANSLATION) as Janet Leigh, James D’Arcy (MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD) as Anthony Perkins, Jessica Biel (THE ILLUSIONIST ) as Vera Miles, Michael Stuhlbarg (A SERIOUS MAN) as Lew Wasserman, Toni Collette (LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) as Hitchcock’s secretary Peggy, Michael Wincott (THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO) as Ed Gein, Kurtwood Smith (TO DIE FOR) as Geoffrey Shurlock, Richard Portnow (GOOD MORNING VIETNAM) as Barney Balaban and Danny Huston (THE CONSTANT GARDENER) as Whitfield Cook.
I don’t know about you but I’m actually pretty stoked to see this. I love Alfred Hitchcock films and any movie with that cast is definitely going to have me in a seat! What about you? Are you looking forward to a romantic movie about the making of a classic thriller? Let us know in the comment section below.