UPDATE: Principal photography on “Hitchcock” (retitled from “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho”) will begin April 13 in Los Angeles. The cast of Sacha Gervasi’s pic includes Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh (who played Marion Crane), Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren as Alfred Hitchcock and his wife Alma Reville, James D’Arcy (“W.E”) as Anthony Perkins (Norman Bates), Jessica Biel (Vera Miles), Michael Stuhlberg (Lew Wasserman), Toni Collette (Hitchcock’s secretary Peggy), Michael Wincott (Ed Gein), Kurtwood Smith (Geoffrey Shurlock), Richard Portnow (Barney Balaban) and Danny Duston (Whitfield Cook).
Before “Psycho” proved naysayers (Paramount) wrong by becoming a hit in 1960, Hitchcock struggled to get it made. The script, penned by John Mclaughlin (with revisions by Ryan Murphy, Stephen Rebello and Gervasi), is a love story about the famed director and his wife during the making of film.
Sure, fans will be excited to see Johansson shooting the shower scene (it took Hitchcock over a week to shoot, before it became the stuff of editing legend), but the whole package is promising indeed. Check out the original “Psycho” trailer and a modern reworking below:
The Fox Searchlight pic is produced by Ivan Reitman, Joe Medjuck and Tom Pollock (Montecito Picture Company), along with Tom Thayer and Alan Barnette.