In what seems like a casting call made in Heaven, Sir Anthony Hopkins is in talks to portray legendary The Birds director Alfred Hitchcock on the big screen, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Hopkins is being courted to play the portly Master of Suspense in Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, an adaptation of the Stephen Rebello book of the same name. The work tells the story of the lenman’s struggle to finance his groundbreaking 1960 horror classic, Psycho.
Black Swan screenwriter John McLaughlin penned the script, which focuses on why Hitchcock — who counted screen dames Grace Kelly and Tippi Hedren among his muses — chose to make the small, self-funded horror flick about sadistic serial killer Norman Bates and the happenings at the kooky Bates Hotel.
Psycho went on to become the template for the horror genre for decades to come. Sacha Gervasi, director of music documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil, will reportedly direct.