I've been wanting to see an Alfred Hitchcock biopic for a long time. If any filmmaker ever deserved their own biopic it's Hitchcock. Now, it looks like it's actually going to happen! The film will be developed by Sacha Gervasi, the man behind the 2009 documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil. He is currently in discussions to write and direct the film.
According to the LA Times, the movie will be "based on a chapter in the career of Sir Alfred". According to two insiders who've been briefed on the plans, executives at Ivan Reitman's Montecito Pictures are in discussions with Gervasi to take the reins of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of 'Psycho,' a long-gestating film based on Stephen Rebello's 20-year-old book about, well, just what the title says."
This sounds like it would make for a great movie. The LA Times talks about how the "1960 hit Psycho was a departure for the North by Northwest director, a more explicitly shocking film that was meant to compete with other low-budget horror pictures -- The Blair Witch Project of its day."
I'm really looking forward to seeing how this movie turns out. I am a huge fan of Hitchcock and this has the potential to be an incredible film.
Here's the description of the book:
Stephen Rebello's groundbreaking book offers the complete inside story on the making of Alfred Hitchcock's original Psycho, now seen as the forerunner of all modern horror thrillers. Rebello takes us behind the scenes for every step in the creation of this cinematic masterpiece-from the story's original inspiration to the controversy surrounding the creation of the famous shower scene. Drawing on new in-depth interviews as well as Hitchcock's private files,Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho is an eye-opening portrait of the artist at work.
Heres'a few little tidbit of trivia you might find interesting about the making of psycho:
- One of the reasons Alfred Hitchcock shot the movie in black and white was he thought it would be too gory in color. But the main reason was that he wanted to make the film as inexpensively as possible (under $1 million). He also wondered if so many bad, inexpensively made, b/w "B" movies did so well at the box office, what would happen if a really good, inexpensively made, b/w movie was made.
- Janet Leigh has said that when he cast her, Alfred Hitchcock gave her the following charter: "I hired you because you are an actress! I will only direct you if A: you attempt to take more than your share of the pie, B: you don't take enough, or C: if you are having trouble motivating the necessary timed movement."
- Walt Disney refused to allow Alfred Hitchcock to film at Disneyland in the early 1960s because Hitchcock had made "that disgusting movie, 'Psycho'."
- First American film ever to show a toilet flushing on screen.
- When the cast and crew began work on the first day they had to raise their right hands and promise not to divulge one word of the story. Alfred Hitchcock also withheld the ending part of the script from his cast until he needed to shoot it.
- Alfred Hitchcock originally envisioned the shower sequence as completely silent, but Bernard Herrmann went ahead and scored it anyway, and upon hearing it, Hitchcock immediately changed his mind.