After years of development projects trying to get a movie about Alfred Hitchcock on the screen, two are coming close to fruition. The first is Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, based on Stephen Rebello‘s book of the same title. (Rebello co-scripted with Black Swan writer John McLaughlin.) The film has had Anthony Hopkins set to play Hitch for a while, and just moved from Paramount to Fox Searchlight. And now Helen Mirren will likely play Hitchcock’s wife Alma Reville.

Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) is directing this one, the subject of which should be pretty evident from the title, and THR says that this deal is still in early stages, but the film hopes to shoot in April.

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Sacha Gervasi is looking to follow up his hit documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil with an intriguing sorta-biopic called My Dinner With Hervé. The film will follow the final days of Fantasy Island TV star Hervé Villechaize, based in part on the interviews that Sacha Gervasi actually did with the actor just before his suicide in 1993. So it’s an unusual setup — essentially Mr. Gervasi has written and will direct a film in which an actor plays him in a dramatization of the interviews and circumstances that surrounded them.

Peter Dinklage has long been set to play the title role in the film, and now it looks like Dominic Cooper is set to play Sacha Gervasi’s role. Read More »

Just yesterday we told you that Anvil! The Story of Anvil director Sacha Gervasi is in talks to write and direct a film based on Stephen Rebello‘s book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. In the source article for that piece there was a mention that Anthony Hopkins was one of the actors mentioned as a possible on-screen Hitch.

That stemmed in part from a different version of the same film that was in development a few years ago under Running With Scissors director and Glee creator Ryan Murphy. That version never happened, obviously, but now the actor is in talks for the version being developed for Sacha Gervasi to direct. Read More »

We’ve seen minor portrayals of Alfred Hitchcock on screen in the past, but we’ve never had a chance to see — or had to endure, depending upon your perspective — a full-length biopic about one of cinema’s most influential directors.

Not for lack of trying. At various times there have been Hitchcock biopics in development, and for some time there have been attempts to turn the Stephen Rebello book Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho into a film. Now there’s a new talent attached to the developing project. Sacha Gervasi, director of Anvil! The Story of Anvil, is in talks to write and direct a film about Hitch. Read More »

Henry’s Crime, starring Keanu Reeves, James Caan and Vera Farmiga, premiered at TIFF back in September ’10, but we’re just getting a trailer for the film now. Malcolm Venville (44 Inch Chest) directs from a script by Sacha Gervasi (Anvil!: The Story of Anvil). The film opens in the UK next week, and the trailer is after the break. Read More »

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Some thought the idea of Seth Rogen playing The Green Hornet was weird enough, and then we heard about Michel Gondry‘s plans for timewarping action sequences. Then after that we heard that the band Anvil were being recruited to play themselves in the film and I think it was about then that the room really started spinning for a good handful of folk. Just what kind of film are they making here? What sort of tone will it have?

To those of you not sure how much more of this beautiful oddness you can take, grab onto something solid right now. Embedded below the break is a video of Anvil! The Story of Anvil director Sacha Gervasi discussing just what the band get up to in their cameo.

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Some decent casting notes cropped up in the trade breaks last night, and because I’m just this sort of nice guy I’m about to round up the best for you.

First involves James Caan and Vera Farmiga, who’ve just joined Keanu Reeves in Henry’s Crime. The film, you may remember, is written by Anvil! director Sacha Gervasi, and will be directed by Malcolm Venville, recently of 44-Inch Chest. Farmiga is the love interest for Reeves, who is falsely accused of robbing a bank in Buffalo. Producer Jordan Schur calls the script “a genius comic fable.” Gervasi himself called it “a twisted, romantic comedy, very dark and funny,” which the trades refer to it as a romantic comedy and Capraesque. So who knows what the hell we’ll see out of this one. [Variety]

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Keanu Reeves to Star In and Produce Henry’s Crime


Months ago, The Playlist mentioned that Sacha Gervasi, producer and director of Anvil! The Story of Anvil had written a film called Henry’s Crime, and that Keanu Reeves was attached to star. (Reeves is evidently a big fan of Gervasi’s rock doc.) Now the trades have finally confirmed the deal, and Reeves will start work on the film in November. Read More »