The Montecito Picture Company are making a good run at getting a Hitchcock biopic into production, and they're looking at Anthony Hopkins to take the leading role. I suppose Hopkins could get the manner and the body language bang-on, but the voice? Rarely have there been so well known voices in Hollywood as Hitchcocks and, indeed, Hopkins' own.
You may recall that there was a previous attempt to get this film made, and as Heat Vision remind us, Hopkins was in the frame for the lead that time too.
The film's basis is Stephen Rebello's superb Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, a non-fiction book which delivers squarely on just what it says on the cover. The screenplay adaptation is by Jon McLaughlin, one of the writers of Black Swan, who has reportedly focussed on the relationship between Hitch and his wife, Alma Reville.
Anvil: The Story of Anvil's Sacha Giervasi is expected to direct. Previously he's written The Terminal and Henry's Crime and… well, not to put too fine a point on it, he seems to be rather more exciting as a documentarian than as a screenwriter of fiction.
There's any number of interesting things in Rebello's book, and Hitchcock is, of course, a fascinating character. While I suspect this film will be a tricky one to get right, if it is landed nicely, it could be a real treat.
I'll be fascinated to see what side in the Saul Bass vs. Hitch argument the film comes down on. There are those who claim Bass actually directed Psycho's ultrafamous shower scene – and, of course, those who dispute such a thing is even a remote possibility.