Posted on September 20th, 2012 by Frederik

Fox Searchlight just shook up this year’s awards race by announcing that Hitchcock, which had been looking like a 2013 release, will now open on November 23. First of all, the facts: Hitchcock is a dramedy about the relationship between kinky master-filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and his trusted wife Alma Reville during the making of his seminal 1960 film Psycho. The film was adapted by Black Swan co-screenwriter John McLaughlin from film historian/Playboy contributing editor Stephen Rebello’s book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. It marks the feature directorial debut of Sacha Gervasi, featuring a large and formidable ensemble: Oscar winners Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren play Alfred and Alma; James D’Arcy, Scarlett Johansson, and Jessica Biel portray Psycho stars Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, and Vera Miles, respectively; Michael Stuhlbarg is super-agent Lew Wasserman; and also popping up are Oscar nominee Toni Collette as Hitchcock’s faithful assistant Peggy Robertson, Danny Huston as Alma’s friend Whitfield Cook, and Ralph Macchio, The Karate Kid himself, as Psycho screenwriter Joe Stefano. An alaysis on why Searchlight slipped “Hitchcock” Into This Year’s Oscar Race can be read over at The Hollywood Reporter.

Posted on September 20th, 2012 by Frederik

Today, Fox Searchlight has published a first theatrical poster for “Hitchcock”, featuring an unrecognizable Anthony Hopkins. But the most exciting thing about the poster is the mention of its release – 2012. Since the year doesn’t have many months left and no official release date has been announced, I’m guessing on a late December release, probably just in time to be qualified for the 2013 awards season. You can have a closer look at the poster in the gallery.
Posted on May 23rd, 2012 by Frederik

Here’s the first look at Toni Collete in character on the set of “Hitchcock”. The pictures were taken on May 15th. Toni plays Alfred Hitchcock’s assistent, Peggy Robertson, in the film.

Posted on April 20th, 2012 by Frederik

Since filming on “Hitchcock” has begun and the key roles have been cast, here’s an overview on who’s going to play who.

Anthony Hopkins (Alfred Hitchcock)
Alfred Hitchcock will be forever remembered as one of the most influential directors in the history of cinema, a man who has pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. Anthony Hopkins has found his place in cinematic history as well, playing Hannibal Lecter. And he’s experienced in portraying real-life people, including Richard Nixon and Pablo Picasso.

Helen Mirren (Alma Reville)
Reville was an English assistant director, screenwriter and wife of Hitchcock, whom she met while they were working together in London, during the early 1920s. Helen Mirren will play Reville in the film. The Oscar winner had her share of real-life characters as well, portraying Tolstoi’s wife Sofya, Ayn Rand and every available British queen.

Toni Collette (Peggy Robertson)
Robertson was Hitchcock’s production assistant and trusted friend, who found Robert Bloch’s book called Psycho, about serial killer Ed Gein and forwarded it to Hitchcock. She has been an assistant to Hitchock on many of his films. This will be the first time that Toni Collette portrays a real-life character after the loosely based Mandy Slade / Angela Bowie character in “Velvet Goldmine”.

Scarlett Johansson (Janet Leigh)
Leigh starred in popular films of the 1940s and 1950s, inluding Little Women, Holiday Affair and Angels in the Outfield. For Psycho, Leigh – who’s the mother of actress Jamie Lee Curtis – won a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination. She’s portrayed by Johansson in the film, whose portraits of real-life characters go back to Mary Boleyn and The Girl with the Pearl Earring.

Vera Miles (Jessica Biel)
Miles played Marion Crane, the sister of Janet Leigh’s character, in the film, who goes searching for her after her disappearance. Miles was featured in the trailer’s shower scene, unnoticed by audiences for years. The actress, who also appeared in The Searchers, The Wrong Man and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, will be played by Jessica Biel.

James D’Arcy (Anthony Perkins)
As Norman Bates, Perkins had the role of a lifetime, probably much to his dismay since audience members would always recognize him in this role, no matter what he played. His performance as Norman Bates in Psycho is ranked #4 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time. An Oscar-nominee for Friendly Persuasion, Perkins will be played by James D’Arcy.
Posted on April 19th, 2012 by Frederik

Fox Searchlight have offered the first look image of Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in The Montecito Picture Company’s Hitchcock, formerly titled Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. The film, an adaptation of Stephen Rebello’s non-fiction book, stars Hopkins as the famous director and producer, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the production of his critically acclaimed Psycho. Hopkins stars opposite a top-notch ensemble, including Scarlett Johansson, Helen Mirren, Jessica Biel, Toni Collette, Danny Huston, Michael Stuhlbarg and Michael Wincott. Filming is now underway in Los Angeles, California, with Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) directing from an adapted screenplay penned by Rebello himself.

Below is the first picture of Hopkins as Hitchcock. On the right is a picture of Hitchcock’s assistant, Peggy Robertson, who will be played by Toni Collette (I seriously can’t wait to see that transformation), sitting next to Kim Novak.

Posted on March 26th, 2012 by Frederik

Here are some stellar news, if true, according to Variety. Fox is currently in negotiations with Toni Collete, Danny Huston, Michael Stuhlbarg and Michael Wincott to play various characters within the film “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho” (working title), which already features Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock, Helen Mirren as his wife, Scarlett Johanssen as Janet Leigh and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins. If they do sign on we can expect to see Collette as Hitchcocks assistant Peggy Robertson (the woman who first brought Robert Blochs book to the masters attention) and Wincott as Ed Gein the infamous serial killer on whom the book was based. A collaberative script by various writers (including Ivan Reitman) is already in place, so let’s hope shooting on this fascinating picture starts soon. I have my fingers crossed.