Say the name “Alfred Hitchcock” to people and the first thing they think of is Psycho. Everything about the 1960 thriller has become iconic: the actors, the shots, the plot twists. More than any of the director’s other films, it’s the most often referenced and talked about. Which is why Fox Searchlight is moving ahead with a film called Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho which will be about exactly what the title suggests. Anthony Hopkins has been attached to play the director for some time and we recently heard Helen Mirren would play his wife, Alma. That’s now confirmed.

The other two leads, who’ll play the leads of Psycho itself, have also just been cast. Scarlett Johansson will play Janet Leigh and James D’Arcy (Master and Commander, W.E.) will play Anthony Perkins. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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Though last month’s Contraband was Mark Wahlberg‘s first film to hit theaters since 2010′s The Fighter, the star is now busier than ever. He’s got Ted, from Seth McFarlane, due out this summer, plus Broken City, 2 Guns, and Pain and Gain all scheduled to land sometime next year.

Now Wahlberg has yet another new project in his sights: the Jo Nesbø adaptation Headhunters. Nesbø’s novel has already been turned into a Norwegian film which received glowing praise at last year’s Fantastic Fest. So, naturally, Hollywood is interested in making its own English-language version of the story. More details after the jump.

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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.

After the break, part of the creation of The Birds will hit HBO and the BBC. Read More »

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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