47 years later Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is still one of the greatest horror films ever made. Even 52 years after the release of Rear Window films are still inspired by Hitchock’s visions (see DreamWorks’ upcoming Disturbia). So here we are nearly a half century later and Universal Pictures is working on a film entitled Alfred Hitchcock Presents, a drama about the making of Hitchcock’s Psycho! Read on for the mega-skinny.
Hollywood Elseware reports that Ryan Murphy will be directing an interesting film entitled Alfred Hitchcock Presents, a drama about the making of Hitchcock’s Psycho, and particularly the hurdles and roadblocks that the great British director went through in order to bring it come to fruition. Hitchcock was discouraged left and right from making it. The script was seen as way too dark and perverse (especially with the lead female star getting killed off after 45 minutes), and no one wanted to see a movie based more or less on the macabre exploits of serial killer Ed Gein.
They also report that Hitchcock might possibly to be played by Anthony Hopkins!
In addition the website claims that they don’t know exactly when Alfred Hitchcock Presents might shoot, but were told that it’s definitely real. Universal, Hitchcock’s home studio for the last 15 or so years of his life, may be involved as a financier-distributor.
If and when it happens, the plan is for Helen Mirren to play Alma Reville, Hitch- cock’s wife and lifelong creative collaborator. Psycho was shot for Paramount, although Universal founder and Hitchcock confidante Lew Wasserman occupies a portion of the script. Psycho costars Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh are also “characters,” I’m told, but not large ones. Presumably screenwriter Joseph Stefano will also figure in.